After Sundance’s debut of Joe Berlinger’s Ted Bundy biopic, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, just about everybody had an opinion on the trailer. Some said it glorifies the serial killer, but just as many disagreed.
Berlinger, who also directed Netflix’s Bundy documentary, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, defended his portrayal to Bustle. “I think the idea of this particular story, making a movie about Bundy, equals glorification of him is a very naïve and knee-jerk reaction. Because if you actually watch the movie, the last thing we’re doing is glorifying him. He gets his due at the end, but we’re portraying the experience of how one becomes a victim to that kind of psychopathic seduction.”
Fun to be in @netflix lobby these days… this just in: According to #nielsenratings “The January release of crime docuseries CONVERSATIONS WITH A KILLER: THE TED BUNDY TAPES drew in a massive audience in its first 35 days, vaulting into the #2 position of all Netflix original series releases since Nielsen measurement began (trailing only S2 of the streamer’s juggernaut STRANGER THINGS.” Yay! Next up: #extremelywickedshockinglyevilandvile photo by @loreneiferman
Well, it looks like we will soon be able to judge the buzzy film for ourselves. Netflix will continue its business with Bundy and Berlinger after securing the film rights in a bidding war with Lionsgate and STX for a whopping $9 million. The film is set to hit the streaming site on May 3, a much sooner date than previously rumored. According to Cosmo, Netflix reportedly was waiting for a fall theatrical release to give Zac Efron a leg up in the following award’s season. As much as we love Zac and want him to get all the awards, we don’t think he needs the extra help—and let’s be honest, we all just want to see the movie already! Check out the new, official trailer—it’s absolutely chilling.
EWSEAV will make its UK debut on the same date, through Sky Cinemas. If you’re the type who scours the web mercilessly for every possible trailer before you watch a movie, you’re in luck. Sky Cinemas also put out their own new trailer: