‘Dr. Death’: STARZPLAY UK Picks Up True Crime Drama Starring Joshua Jackson, Christian Slater & Alec Baldwin
STARZPLAY UK has picked up the UK streaming rights to ‘Dr. Death‘, a true-crime drama starring Joshua Jackson, Christian Slater & Alec Baldwin, based on the shocking real-life events surrounding a Texas surgeon who earned the nickname for his maiming of more than 30 patients between 2012 and 2013.
Based on the hit US podcast from Wondery, ‘Dr. Death’ tells the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, Dr. Duntsch was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routing spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow physicians, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin) and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby (Christian Slater) set out to stop him. ‘Dr. Death’ explores the twisted mind of Dr. Duntsch and the failures of the system designed to protect the most defenceless among us.
“Starzplay is synonymous with gripping, dramatic, exciting stories that are told in bold style,” commented Starzplay Executive Vice President of International Digital Networks, Superna Kalle. “The Wondery podcast on which ‘Dr. Death’ is based told a harrowing tale that captured record-setting attention when it was released in 2018. I have no doubt this will be equally captivating for our wider international audiences.”
The drama stars Joshua Jackson (‘Little Fires Everywhere’, ‘The Affair’) as the titular character, along with Alec Baldwin (‘A Star is Born’, ’30 Rock’, ‘Saturday Night Live’), Christian Slater (‘Dirty John’, ‘Mr. Robot’), Grace Gummer (‘Mr. Robot’, ‘The Hot Zone’), Anna Sophia Robb (‘The Act’, ‘Little Fires Everywhere’) and Carrie Preston (‘Claws’, ‘The Good Wife’).
Produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, ‘Dr. Death’ is executive produced by Patrick Macmanus (“The Girl from Plainville”) via his Littleton Road Productions banner, under his overall deal with UCP. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Taylor Latham also executive produce via Escape Artists, as well as Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy of Wondery.
Starzplay acquired the series in a deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution which sees the platform stream the drama exclusively in Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and throughout Latin America, including Brazil and Mexico. NBC’s streaming service Peacock will air ‘Dr. Death’ in the USA.
‘Dr. Death‘ is expected to premiere at some point in 2021, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.