Crime is a fascinating movie genre, and it’s even better when the movies are based on true event. True crime lovers can rejoice knowing that there are some fantastic films on the way in the next year, featuring all sorts of shady characters – some well-known and others not so well-known.
Want to know what’s in store for the true crime genre? Take a look at the following and put some dates in your diary.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
While it doesn’t have an anticipated release date as yet, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile has already gathered a lot of hype. Based on the true story of charming serial killer Ted Bundy, it shows the events from the perspective of his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, who struggled to acknowledge Bundy’s true nature as it was played out through arrests and in court. Directed by true crime documentary stalwart Joe Berlinger, it stars teen favourite Zac Efron in a break from his typical role, The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons as Larry Simpson, lead prosecutor in the Bundy case and Lily Collins as Kloepfer.
A first look at the film has already got true crime buffs excited, and there’s sure to be a lot of hype in the lead up to the film’s eventual release.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (July 26, 2019)
Quentin Tarantino is stepping up to direct this film about the Manson Family murders, which will star Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie amongst some other incredible A-Listers. The story will centre around a TV actor, played by DiCaprio, and his stunt double (Pitt) who are trying to break into movies. Margot Robbie plays DiCaprio’s neighbour, Sharon Tate, who was pregnant when she was murdered in her home by the Manson Family. Many of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’s details are still under wraps, but judging by Tarantino’s past films – we’re sure to be in for a treat.
Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes (17 September, 2018)
Staying on the subject of the Manson Family, this TV movie will use both 16mm archive footage and recreations to tell the story of the Manson Family murders. Liev Schreiber, of Ray Donovan and Wolverine fame will be narrating the special, which is due to air in the US this September. The movie stars Melissa Farley, Ryan O’Connell, and Jason McCrite. The movie will air the same night as the Emmys, and looks set to air unseen footage of the family for the first time.
It’s an exciting season for true crime lovers, with some other great upcoming movies like White Boy and White Boy Rick starring Matthew McConaughey, a second series of Mindhunter on Netflix and Lost Girls starring Amy Ryan. You can be sure that there’ll be some additional documentaries to sink your teeth into, as well as plenty to catch up on until then on your on-demand services. Watch this space for more of the latest news and previews from the world of film.