Over a decade before Making a Murderer and The Jinx sparked the current true crime documentary craze, Academy Award-winning director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade brought us the gripping non-fiction mini-series The Staircase. Released in 2005 on The Sundance Channel, the eight-episode series covered the trial of Michael Peterson, a writer and columnist who was accused of murdering his wife by pushing her down a staircase. The show still really has not been topped in terms of access and the sheer number of twists in the case, but up until now it has been difficult to track down (legally, anyway). Netflix is about to rectify that situation by releasing the original series along with some brand new episodes as well. Hit the jump for more info.
According to a press release, Netflix will be bringing The Staircase to their streaming service this summer. They claim that this will include the original ten episodes, which probably means that it will cover the original mini-series plus the two-part follow-up that aired in 2013 under the title The Staircase: Last Chance. This will be accompanied by some brand new episodes as well, although it is unclear how many will be included.
The new episodes will apparently be premiering first at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28th. It was announced back in 2015 that Jean-Xavier de Lestrade was working on The Staircase 3 as an hour-and-a-half feature film, so it might seem safe to expect at least 3 new episodes, however, the Tribeca screening indicates a 45 minute runtime. Either way, knowing Netflix, I’m sure they will squeeze as many episodes as possible out of it. Are you looking forward to new episodes of The Staircase?