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25th Jan 2018

The best crime documentary on Netflix is being turned into a feature-length film

Paul Moore

If you haven’t seen the original, you need to change that immediately.

A few months ago, we were the very first outlet to tell you about The Seven Five on Netflix, the superb documentary that was rightfully compared to Goodfellas.

Tiller Russell’s documentary tells the story of Michael Dowd, more commonly known as ‘the dirtiest cop in New York City history’. In the 1980s, Dowd patrolled the mean streets of one of the toughest precincts in Brooklyn. Aside from protecting the peace, he was also the head of a ruthless criminal network that stole money and drugs. Ultimately, his actions led to the city’s biggest ever corruption scandal.

Empire described The Seven Five as a “siren-flash of a film, charged up in the edit like a true-crime Goodfellas” and it’s easy to see why.

If you haven’t seen the documentary then you’re in luck because it’s still on Netflix. This being said, a feature-length version of Dowd’s story is also coming to the big screen.

If you’re worried about the new version taking liberties with the truth, you’ll be pleased to know that one of the original producers of the documentary, Eli Holzman, is also involved in this feature-length adaptation.

Sony Pictures has lined up Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya, The Finest Hours) to direct the police corruption drama and it’s a labour of love for the studio, they’ve been developing it since 2014.

Hell, if it’s half as good as the documentary then we’re all in for a treat.