The film was acquired for $9 million by the streaming platform after they fought for it in a bidding war with other studios. It premiered at the festival.
It’s expected that the film will hit Netflix in the fall. Director Joe Berlinger also produced the Netflix docuseries Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes which recently dropped. Therefore, it makes sense that the film will premiere on the platform.
The biopic focuses on Bundy’s (Zac Efron) dual life. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is told through the lens of Bundy’s ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, played by Lily Collins. The film also features Metallica’s James Hetfield as Officer Bob Hayward.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile has been facing major criticism after people think the film glorifies serial killer.
After the slew of criticism, Berlinger spoke to Bustle about it.
“The idea of this particular story, making a movie about Bundy, equals glorification of him is a very naive and knee-jerk reaction,” Berlinger said. “If you actually watch the movie, the last thing we’re doing is glorifying him.”
If you want to see the trailer, check it out below.
Bundy was a serial killer, kidnapper, rapist and burglar who assaulted and murdered several women in the ’70s. He was executed in the electric chair at Florida State Prison on Jan. 24, 1989. He confessed to 30 homicides that he committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. However, the true victim count will forever be unknown.