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Fear Street director helming The Staircase series

The limited series adaptation is based on the true-crime docuseries

“Fear Street” director Leigh Janiak will helm two episodes of HBO Max’s “The Staircase”, says Deadline.

The limited series adaptation, based on the true-crime docuseries, explores the life of Michael Peterson (Colin Firth), his sprawling North Carolina family and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen (Toni Collette).

Antonio Campos will direct six of the eight eps.

The series is based on the docuseries and various books and reports on the case of Michael Peterson, who was convicted in 2003 of murdering Kathleen two years earlier. The charge was reduced to manslaughter in 2017, and Peterson subsequently was released from prison. He had claimed his wife died after falling down the stairs at their home after consuming alcohol and Valium, but an autopsy concluded she died from multiple injuries, including blows to the back of her head with a blunt object.

Rosemarie DeWitt, Juliette Binoche, Parker Posey, Odessa Young, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Dane DeHaan, Olivia DeJonge, Sophie Turner, Michael Stuhlbarg and Tim Guinee also star in the HBO Max and Annapurna TV co-produced venture.

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