‘The Staircase’ Netflix Documentary Filmmaker Calls HBO Max Series ‘Insulting and Professionally Damaging’: ‘I’ve Been Betrayed’

HBO is an American TV network responsible for groundbreaking series such as True Blood, The Sopranos, and Game of Thrones. The network recently premiered a drama miniseries, The Staircase, based on a Netflix crime documentary, also called The Staircase. However, the Netflix documentary filmmakers are not happy with what Antonio Campos, the HBO series’ director, has produced.

Both versions of The Staircase tell their own stories of Michael Peterson. In 2002, the crime novelist was accused of murdering his wife Kathleen, who was found dead at the bottom of their home’s staircase. Both series follow the ensuing 16-year legal battle. To be clear, Netflix’s docuseries is a journalistic look at the real-life case; HBO Max’s is a fictionalized drama series.

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