Six months after former attorney Alex Murdaugh was convicted of murder, the Lifetime Network announced a new film about the once-celebrity South Carolina dynasty that collapsed after a fatal boating accident, a string of financial crimes and the brutal murder of his wife and son.
Lifetime’s 500th original film Murdaugh Murders: The Movie will air next month on Lifetime and stars 69-year-old actor Bill Pullman as the convicted murderer.
First images from the film, obtained from Weekly entertainment – and posted on social media by lifespan – grabs like a creepy Pullman with his sandy-haired, slicked-back, violently gripping actor Curtis Tweedie, who portrays his murdered son, Paul Murdaugh. Lauren Robek plays his wife Maggie.
Another eerie image shows Pullman in a black tuxedo and red bow tie, similar to what Murdaugh was wearing in one of the family’s well-known photos before the June 2021 murders.
The images from the Lifetime film also show Mr. Pullman as Murdaugh speaking at a press conference and later being led away in tan prison gowns and handcuffs.
The two-part film chronicles the series of events leading up to Murdaugh killing his 52-year-old wife, Maggie Murdaugh, and younger son, 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh, on June 7, 2021 at the family hunting property.
Murdaugh was found guilty in March 2023 and is now serving two life sentences.
“Despite Alex’s influence, he could not prevent the Murdaugh family legacy from being tarnished after Paul was involved in a boating accident that killed a young girl,” reads a Lifetime Network press release.
“While Maggie was preoccupied with what was happening with Paul, Alex kept his opioid addiction a secret and stole his own clients’ insurance claims to fund his habit and the family’s lavish lifestyle. Then, in June 2021, Maggie and Paul were found murdered and all eyes turned to Alex.”
The film’s timely announcement comes just a day after Murdaugh’s defense attorneys filed a motion for a new trial, alleging that Colleton County Court Clerk Rebecca Hill rigged the jury because she was driven by fame and desire to secure a book.
The bombing allegations came a week after the convicted killer lost some of his inmate privileges after leaking information to the Fox Nation documentary The Fall of the House of Murdaugh without prison officials’ permission.
In the documentary, his only surviving son, Buster, broke his silence by insisting he still believes his father’s innocence but admitting he may be a psychopath.
Murdaugh Murders: The Movie will air October 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.
A second season of Netflix documentaries Murdaugh Murders: A Scandal in the South will be released on September 22nd.