This Valentine’s Day I’ll be binge-watching Dirty John on Netflix. The eight-part series stars Eric Bana (Chopper) as the eponymous conman, with the always excellent Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights, Nashville) as Debra Newell, the woman who quickly falls for John’s charms, despite the many red flags waved by her friends and family.
Dirty John was adapted from the hit true-crime podcast of the same name and is the classic kind of tale that would seem too far fetched if it wasn’t true. Despite what feels like a rushed production to exploit the popularity of the podcast, I have high hopes for Dirty John, based purely on the cast involved.
Dirty John trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG70KroYlik
Homecoming provides the blueprint for a successful podcast to screen adaptation. The series (available on Amazon Prime Video) was brought to the screen by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, a fan of the podcast, with Julia Roberts starring. The fictional series from podcast stable Gimlet somehow managed to maintain the low-key feel of the original, despite the star power involved, while cleverly changing the story just enough that fans of the podcast would be rewarded with a few twists along the way.