Netflix acquires “The Legend of Cocaine Island”

Netflix acquires “The Legend of Cocaine Island”

Source:  Variety

Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to director Theo Love’s documentary feature, “The Legend of Cocaine Island.”

The film, previously titled “White Tide: The Legend of Culebra,” earned high praise after it premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

In “The Legend of Cocaine Island,” a small-business owner and family man comes across the legend of a buried stash of cocaine worth $2 million hidden in the Caribbean.

Having been wiped out during the Great Recession, he hatches a plan to retrieve the buried loot, using the talents of a band of colorful misfits. But without prior drug-running experience, trouble (and laughter) ensues.

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Everything you need to know about Netflix’s new true crime series “I Am a Killer”

Everything you need to know about Netflix’s new true crime series “I Am a Killer”

Source:  Decider

If you love or are weirdly fascinated by graphic documentaries about murder, then Netflix has you covered.

But the streaming service’s latest true crime installment isn’t about wrongly accused convicts, like “Making a Murderer” and “The Confession Tapes,” or “innocent” parties who may be actually be guilty, like “The Staircase.” It’s about convicted murderers who committed the crimes they’re accused of, and they’re ready to talk.

Appropriately titled “I Am a Killer,” the British docuseries is a collaboration between Netflix, A+E Networks U.K., and Sky Vision Productions. Composed of 10 hour-long episodes, each installment will focus on a different prisoner who has been convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death.

This isn’t the first time Netflix has added murderous confessions to its library. The streaming service currently has the streaming rights to the docuseries “Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer,” and one of its most critically acclaimed new shows of last year, David Fincher’s “Mindhunter,” focused exclusively on re-enacting confessions and interviews from actual serial killers.

Morbid documentaries are a winning combination for Netflix, and this latest one promises to be as especially creepy.

“I Am a Killer” premieres August 3 on Netflix.

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“Making a Murderer’s” Brendan Dassey loses bid to take his case to U.S. Supreme Court

“Making a Murderer’s” Brendan Dassey loses bid to take his case to U.S. Supreme Court

Source:  Variety

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up the case of Brendan Dassey who was featured in the hit Netflix documentary series, “Making a Murderer.”

Dassey is serving a life sentence after being convicted along with his uncle, Steven Avery, in separate jury trials for the 2005 rape and murder of photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.

The nation’s highest court gave no reason for the denial. Dassey’s attorneys claim that his confession to the police was coerced.

The denial means that the Supreme Court will not review the decision on Dassey’s case made by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in December. That court voted 4-3 that Dassey’s confession was voluntary.

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Attention “Serial” fans: Adnan Syed will be the subject of an HBO documentary series.  Will pick up where the podcast left off.

Attention “Serial” fans: Adnan Syed will be the subject of an HBO documentary series. Will pick up where the podcast left off.

We’re getting more “Serial”—well, sort of. Adnan Syed, the podcast’s subject currently serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder of his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, will be the focus of an all-new, four-hour documentary series from Sky and HBO.

The upcoming docuseries, “The Case Against Adnan Syed,” will be directed by Oscar-nominated documentarian Amy Berg, who has reportedly been working on it since 2015—right after the first season of “Serial” wrapped its run.

According to the show’s synopsis, Berg’s doc “will offer a cinematic look at the life and 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee and conviction of Adnan Syed, from the genesis of their high school relationship to the original police investigation and trial.”

But the show won’t just be a visual rehash of Sarah Koenig’s 2014 podcast. It will also pick up where “Serial” left off, giving us a look at the last few years Syed has spent fighting for—and eventually being granted—a new trial.

Plus, the show is promising “new discoveries” and “groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state’s case,” whatever those might be.

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Netflix’s new true-crime series “Evil Genius” looks completely bonkers

Netflix’s new true-crime series “Evil Genius” looks completely bonkers

Source:  VICE

Netflix just released the trailer for the Duplass brothers’ next true-crime docuseries, “Evil Genius,” about the 2003 “pizza bomber heist,” and it looks even crazier than “Wild Wild Country.”

Back in August of 2003, a pizza delivery man robbed a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania with a bomb locked around his neck. Police caught the guy only 15 minutes later, but as they arrested him, the delivery guy began frantically warning them that the bomb was going to explode.

Cops called in a bomb squad, but before it could arrive, the homemade collar bomb went off, killing the pizza guy while he sat cuffed on the street.

The story just got weirder from there. Cops searched the dead man’s car and discovered a letter addressed to the “Bomb Hostage” which mapped out a complicated  “Saw”-like scavenger hunt that the man would have to do to retrieve three keys that would eventually unlock the collar from his neck. Robbing the bank was just step one

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Two chilling documentaries are coming to Netflix to feed your true crime obsession

Two chilling documentaries are coming to Netflix to feed your true crime obsession

Source:  Nylon

As if true crime fans didn’t already have to watch, Netflix is adding two new shows to its roster.

First up is three new installments of “The Staircase” which first aired on the Sundance Channel in 2004. It follows the story of author Michael Peterson who was accused of killing his wife in 2001 after her body was found at the bottom of a staircase. What follows is a compelling tale of “did he or didn’t he” plus a 16-year battle in court.

The second series is “Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist.” The docuseries takes a look at a 2003 robbery gone wrong when Brian Wells, a pizza deliveryman, said that a group of people fastened a bomb to his chest and forced him to rob a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania. Before the police bomb squad could get to Wells, the device went off, killing him.

“Evil Genius” introduces viewers to a bizarre collection of Midwestern hoarders, outcasts, and lawbreakers playing cat-and-mouse with the FBI.

Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong and Kenneth Barnes were eventually arrested and sent to prison for the crime, but the series is out to prove that there’s more to the killings than everyone thinks.

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