The new Ted Bundy film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is still in the promotion stage and people are already talking about what will happen in the film.
As you can imagine, the streaming services are vying to see who will sign it once it exits the theaters.
Perhaps what is most shocking is not the title but rather, the price tag.
Netflix reportedly is seeking to sign the film for $9 million. If they are successful in doing so, it may be coming to a Netflix enabled television near you in October.
According to some reports, Lionsgate and STX are also bidding on the movie but it looks like Netflix is coming out on top with such an impressive bid.
The movie has received some impressive reviews, so it only stands to reason that the streaming giants would be bidding to see who would stream it first. The plot of the movie follows serial killer Ted Bundy and the relationship he had with his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Klopfer (Lily Collins).
Zac Efron landed the role of ‘Mr. Extremely Wicked’ and it seems as if reviewers are loving the way he portrayed one of the most notorious and twisted individuals in the history of American crime.
According to Benjamin Lee from the Guardian, Efren’s performance is ‘fiercely committed’ and ‘remarkably accomplished’.
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.”
Chris Evangelistaalso provided another review from Slash Films. He said that Efron gave his all in 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.”
Even though many are praising Efron for his portrayal of Bundy, there are also those who are concerned about the glorification and potential sexualizing of the serial killer.
Joe Berlinger, the director, had the following to say: “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 a killing spree that stretched from 1974 till 1978. His own confession is to killing 30 women but many believe that the number may be much higher.