EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is investigating a strange conspiracy about a hidden organization known as The Octopus in its latest crime docuseries.
The streamer has ordered American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders. It comes from Duplass Brothers Productions and Stardust Frames, the two companies behind Netflix’s hit docuseries Wild Wild Country and will be directed by Zachary Treitz (Men Go To Battle).
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It starts with the death of journalist Danny Casolaro, who was found in a hotel bathtub and the police ruled it a suicide. But his family and colleagues believe he may have been murdered for investigating a conspiracy he called “The Octopus” – a hidden organization connected to stolen government spy software, a string of unsolved murders, and some of the biggest political scandals of the 20th century. Years later, researcher Christian Hansen pushes to uncover the secrets behind Casolaro’s death, and the story that killed him.
The four-part series, which launches on February 28, will look to untangle this mystery.
Treitz also exec produces alongside Chapman Way, Maclain Way, Juliana Lembi, Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Mel Eslyn and Christian Hansen.
Mark Duplass said, “6 years ago we got to work side by side with the brilliant Way Brothers on Wild, Wild Country. When we found out about the Octopus Conspiracy, and Zach and Christian’s unique perspective and unparalleled dedication to this story, we knew this was the project that would bring us back together.”
Stardust Frames’ Maclain Way added, “When Zach and Christian first told us about The Octopus Conspiracy— a story they had been investigating for years— we were enthralled by tales of stolen spy software, government cover-ups, and the parallels with a journalist who died under suspicious circumstances digging into this story. With our partners Netflix and Duplass Brothers Productions, we can’t wait for audiences to submerge themselves into the mysterious world of The Octopus.”
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