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Sundance Orders ‘Murder in the Heartland: In Cold Blood Revisited’

Project Based on Truman Capote

SundanceTV has ordered a four-part true crime documentary event series tentatively titled “Murder in the Heartland: In Cold Blood Revisited.” The project focuses on the brutal murder of the Clutter family in a small Kansas town in 1959, and the resulting investigation, convictions and executions of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, chronicled in Truman Capote’s landmark book, “In Cold Blood.” The series, produced and directed by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger, will present a 360-degree view and re-examination of the crime and subsequent events.

SundanceTV has also obtained the rights to the 1967 Academy Award-nominated film “In Cold Blood,” starring Robert Blake, and will feature the film, in its 50th anniversary year, along with the new series as a true programming event.

“Murder in the Heartland: In Cold Blood Revisited,” an AMC Studios, RadicalMedia and Third Eye Motion Picture Company production, is expected to premiere on SundanceTV next year. It coincides with the 50th year anniversary of the film version of Capote’s book, which starred Robert Blake and garnered four Academy Award nominations.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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