Showrunners and star Colin Firth preview HBO Max’s The Staircase

The Staircase on HBO Max, image courtesy HBO
The Staircase on HBO Max, image courtesy HBO /

One of the biggest cases in true-crime (and one of the most controversial docuseries) will be explored in The Staircase on HBO Max. During the platform’s TCA, showrunners Antonio Campos and Maggie Cohn, along with series star Colin Firth, previewed the upcoming intense limited series.

Michael Peterson’s case first rocked the world when the docuseries The Staircase on Netflix was released. HBO Max’s upcoming limited series is also titled The Staircase, but unlike the Netflix doc, HBO’s is a series, but that doesn’t mean facts will be skipped.

What is The Staircase on HBO Max about?

The HBO Max series will include eight episodes and follow Kathleen and Michael Peterson before and after the tragedy of Kathleen’s suspicious death. To many, including investigators, it was never believable that Kathleen simply fell down the stairs. And as soon as a deep investigation began, new, incriminating details and evidence surfaced.

Showrunner Antonio Campos even shared during the panel that the very controversial “Owl Theory” will be explored in The Staircase. Campos teased, “We will address the owl theory. We took is as seriously as any other theory.”

The Staircase will expand the perspectives of the case

The story has been told before, not only on Netflix, but other docs and novels. Showrunner Maggie Cohn shares that this limited series was an opportunity to “show multiple perspectives of the same incident, and to make people comfortable with the gray, with saying that ‘I might not know what happened, but now I have a better idea of how something like this could happen.’ It’s expanding the perspectives.”

Campos chimed in that The Staircase is also a family-drama as family conflicts and secrets will be explored as well.

The Staircase streams on HBO Max later this year. A release date has not been announced, we’ll keep you posed as soon as we learn more.

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