A true crime documentary event series will re-examine a murder case that has been the focus of a well-known nonfiction novel, a feature film and other projects since the brutal crime took place in 1959.
SundanceTV announced plans for “Murder in the Heartland: In Cold Blood Revisited” (working title), a four-part project re-examining the events surrounding the murder of the Clutter family in a small Kansas town. The crime was the focus of the 1966 Truman Capote book “In Cold Blood,” the 1967 Robert Blake film of the same name and a 1996 miniseries, also of the same name.
The series will be produced and directed by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger.
SundanceTV will also televise the Robert Blake movie in connection with the new project, marking of the movie’s 50th anniversary.
The documentary series will examine the crime, the investigation and the eventual convictions and executions of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, taking what the network describes as a “360-degree view” of the story.
“Berlinger is a pioneer in the true crime documentary genre, beginning with the Sundance-winning landmark ‘Brother’s Keeper’ in 1992, which has influenced a generation of filmmakers, followed by the ‘Paradise Lost Trilogy’ that resulted in the release of the wrongfully convicted West Memphis Three and more recently his ‘Whitey: United States of America vs. James J. Bulger,’ which explored the dark underbelly of the criminal justice system,” the network notes in its announcement.
The documentary series is a production of AMC Studios, RadicalMedia and Third Eye Motion Picture Company. It is due to premiere on SundanceTV next year.