Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Is Coming To Netflix
Promotion for the upcoming Ted Bundy film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, hasn't even wrapped up yet and there are already talks going down on what will happen to the film.
It's no surprise, in this day and age, that streaming giants will be wanting to sign it up the moment it finishes in theatres.
What is surprising, though, is the price tag.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix wants to sign the film for a whopping $9 million (£6.9 million). It could be ready to stream by October.
According to the report, STX and Lionsgate were also bidding for the highly anticipated movie but it seems as though Netflix has beaten its competitors.
It's obvious that this movie was going to be up for the highest bidder not only because of the plot, which explores the relationship between notorious serial killer Ted Bundy and his long time girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, played by Lily Collins, but also because of how well reviewed it's been.
Zac Efron, who is playing Mr Extremely Wicked, has received a bunch of praise for portraying one of the most twisted individuals in American crime history.
Following the screening at the Sundance Film Festival, The Guardian's Benjamin Lee said Efron's performance is 'remarkable accomplished' and 'fiercely committed'.
Lee added: "As Bundy, he ruthlessly weaponises the boyish charm that's propelled much of his career, slyly convincing us of the spell he cast, not only on Liz (Lily Collins) but the many other women who were fighting his corner, sure of his innocence.
"It's the career-changing moment he was clearly seeking and with an executive producer credit, one can understand his impassioned involvement, a juicy opportunity to break away from his pretty boy shackles and prove that he's deserving of more dramatic work."
Another review came from critic Chris Evangelista for Slash Film. In his opinion, Efron gave the 'best performance of his career'.
He continued: "He nails down the part in an absolutely eerie way. It's a transformative performance - Efron takes on Bundy's mannerisms perfectly, to the point where it no longer feels like we're watching Efron - we're watching Bundy resurrected from the grave."
But while there is praise for Efron's portrayal of Bundy, some have been concerned it's glorifying or even sexualising the serial killer.
The director, Joe Berlinger, told Bustle: "I think the idea of this particular story, making a movie about Bundy, equals glorification of him is a very naive and knee-jerk reaction.
"Because if you actually watch the movie, the last thing we're doing is glorifying him. He gets his due at the end, but we're portraying the experience of how one becomes a victim to that kind of psychopathic seduction."
Bundy confessed to killing 30 women during a spree that lasted from 1974 to 1978, however, many believe the actual total could be much higher.
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