Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy is back in the spotlight with a four-part Netflix documentary Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and Zac Efron’s upcoming movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
Critics have praised Zac Efron’s performance as Ted Bundy but the film has garnered mixed reviews after the Sundance Film Festival debut.
The trailer for the movie has sparked some outrage due to its upbeat nature and Ted Bundy’s portrayal as a charismatic individual. However, others have lamented that it is an accurate portrayal of the serial killer, who used his charm to lure, isolate and murder at least 30 women.
Will Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile be released on Netflix?
With the buzz surrounding the movie and Zac Efron’s star power, many distributors including Netflix will likely put in a bid for the licensing rights.
With Netflix successfully releasing a documentary based on the serial killer, it will come as no surprise if they are also interested in licensing the movie.
However, at this point, it is unclear whether Netflix or another US distributor will pick up the movie for a theater release. The film is currently seeking distribution and will get a release date after negotiations have been finalized.
In the meantime, Netflix has released a statement asking viewers to stop fawning over Bundy reminding female fans that there are many attractive men, who are not serial murderers.
While the Netflix documentary includes archived footage and conversations with the serial killer and people connected to him, the Zac Efron movie is from the perspective of the serial killer’s longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who believed he was innocent for many years.