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Leigh Janiak To Direct Two Episodes Of HBO Max’s True-Crime Series ‘The Staircase’


Leigh Janiak (Fear Street) is attached to direct two episodes of The Staircase, HBO Max’s limited series adaptation based on the true-crime docuseries.

The eight-episode drama from Christine director Antonio Campos and American Crime Story writer Maggie Cohn explores the life of Michael Peterson (Colin Firth), his sprawling North Carolina family and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen (Toni Collette). Campos is directing six of the eight episodes.

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.


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