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8 True Crime TV Shows & Films In 2019 Everyone Will Be Talking About

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8. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

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Featuring Zac Efron as depraved serial killer Ted Bundy, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is set from the perspective of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, who was in a relationship with the serial killer for seven years. E

The biopic has created a lot of conversation amongst true crime fans since it was first announced in early 2018.

Efron told Entertainment Tonight, “It’s very interesting. I think the movie itself is really deep. It doesn’t really glorify Ted Bundy. He wasn’t a person to be glorified. It simply tells a story and sort of how the world was able to be charmed over by this guy who was notoriously evil and the vexing position that so many people were put in, the world was put in. It was fun to go and experiment in that realm of reality.”

The film will premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival and also stars Lily Collins, Jim Parsons, and John Malkovich.

7. The Irishman

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Martin Scorsese is back in the director’s chair and reunites with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino in the hotly anticipated ‘The Irishman’. 

The film focuses on hitman Frank Sheeran (De Niro) who recalls conducting more than 25 hits for the mob and for his friend Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).

Speaking at a Marrakech Film Festival In Conversation event, Scorsese revealed “Here you have people taking risks on a picture I just made and it’s a risky film and an interesting experience. I think it’s a risk and no one wanted to do it for five or six years. And of course we’re all getting older.”

With a production budget as high as $175 million, the film will be coming to Netflix in 2019.

6. Killers Of The Flower Moon

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Another upcoming Martin Scorsese film is Killers of the Flower Moon based on The New York Times best-selling book by David Grann of the same name. Filming will finally begin in the summer with Leonardo Di Caprio set to star.

The film retells the unsettling story of the Osage Nation murders, in which members of the Native American tribe were murdered one by one after they made a fortune from the oil they found underneath their land.

5. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

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Quentin Tarantino’s star-studded Charles Manson film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood takes place in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969 – the same time and location the horrific Manson Family Murders took place.

Set to be released exactly 50 years after the bodies of Sharon Tate and her friends were discovered  – the film has already stirred up some controversy.

The cast features Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt, Tim Roth, Al Pacino, and Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate.

Cinematographer Robert Richardson told Collider, “It’s beautiful. To work with Leo together with Brad… It’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, sort of the contemporary versions. These are two massive stars, and they’re so talented. Margot [Robbie] is also phenomenal and wonderful to be around. There are a number of people that you will see within the film that haven’t had as much exposure that are remarkable. We’ve got Dakota Fanning in the movie and she – phew, is she a powerhouse. It’s a great cast.”

4. Mindhunter Season 2

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The first season of Mindhunter was met with critical acclaim so fans of the hit show will be pleased to know that season 2 is on its way.

The Netflix series directed by David Fincher will see the return of main characters Bill Tench (Robert Ressler in real life) and Holden Ford (John E. Douglas in real life).

Season 2 will focus on the real-life events of the Atlanta Child Murders that took place between 1979 and 1981 – two years after season one.

Fincher told Billboard, “Next year we’re looking at the Atlanta child murders, so we’ll have a lot more African-American music which will be nice. The music will evolve. It’s intended to support what’s happening with the show and for the show to evolve radically between seasons.”

3. Fonzo

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Tom Hardy takes on the leading role as Al Capone in the upcoming biopic Fonzo.

Not one to shy away from the role of a bad guy, he has been transformed as the American gangster who rose to infamy in Chicago during the 1920s and early 1930s.

The official synopsis reads: “A ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Al “Fonzo” Capone (Hardy) was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore. At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Capone’s mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.

2. Central Park Five

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Netflix will release their mini series Central Park Five next year and the synopsis reads:

“Based on a true story that gripped the country, Central Park Five will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of colour who were convicted of a rape they did not commit.”

“The series will span from the spring of 1989, when each were first questioned about the incident, to 2014 when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York.”


American Crime Story: Katrina

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The third season of American Crime Story will focus on Hurricane Katrina. The 2005 disaster caused 1,833 fatalities and $125.0 billion in damages.

Based on the book Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink, the story details attempts to prosecute hospital staff for homicide after deciding to euthanize critically ill patients who were trapped in the hospital for days without power.

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