‘Extremely Wicked’ Director Joe Berlinger on Making Ted Bundy Film, Doc Series Simultaneously (Video)

Film stars Zac Efron as true story of man who confessed to 30 homicides across seven states

You might’ve heard Joe Berlinger’s name in regard to not one, but two, Ted Bundy projects in recent months — and he says putting together both the Netflix docuseries “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” and directing “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” was purely coincidental.

“It is kind of surreal that the same person did a doc series and a feature film, all coming out at the same time,” Berlinger told TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven. “I wish I could say I had this grand master plan to be ‘the Bundy guy’ in 2019, but it all was kind of coincidental, honestly. For the doc series, the tapes fell in my lap: they were sent to me by the author in 2017, I [thought] there was something to make, I listened to the tapes, I thought they were chilling, and I thought there was a new way to get into the mind of the killer, which is what the doc was about — it spared no detail.”

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” which can currently be seen on Netflix, stars Zac Efron as Ted Bundy, a man who confessed to 30 homicides in the ’70s, although the…

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Beatrice Verhoeven

Senior Film Reporter