Epix has greenlit “Murf the Surf,” a new true crime four-part docuseries from Imagine Documentaries and R.J. Cutler’s This Machine that focuses on America’s most infamous jewel thief, Jack Roland Murphy. The logline: “Murf the Surf” will explore the tumultuous life of the man behind the legendary nickname. Featuring exclusive access to Jack Roland Murphy himself prior to his death in 2020, the series will address the blurred line between fact and fiction, faith and delusion, sanity and madness – raising the timely question of who and how we believe.
“Murf the Surf is a great addition to the quality docuseries lineup that Epix viewers have come to expect,” said Michael Wright, President, Epix. “R.J. Cutler and the talented team at Imagine are crafting an unexpected, exciting, entertaining series, bringing Murf’s truly unique story to life.”
“Murf’s entire life was a blurring of truth and fiction and the series’ form will reflect the subject matter,” said Cutler. “I am so grateful to our wonderful partners at Epix and Imagine who have embraced this vision from the beginning.”
“Imagine is thrilled to go on this roller coaster ride through the many lives of the infamous Jack Roland Murphy with our partners at Epix and the visionary R.J. Cutler,” said Bernstein and Wilkes.
The docuseries is directed by R.J. Cutler and produced by Cutler and his long time producing partner Trevor Smith (“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry”) along with Brian Grazer (“Inside Man”, “American Gangster”), Ron Howard (“Rebuilding Paradise”), Justin Wilkes (“Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel”), and Sara Bernstein (“Rebuilding Paradise”) for Imagine and Elise Pearlstein (“American Factory”.) for This Machine.