Escape at Dannemora is a Showtime miniseries based on the stranger-than-fiction true story of a prison break in Upstate New York in 2015 that led to a statewide manhunt for two convicted murderers who escaped with help from a married female prison employee.
In this DQTV interview, Ben Stiller talks about directing the “fascinating” seven-part drama. He recalls how he initially turned the project down before the release of an official report into the escape prompted him to seek the “real story” behind the incident.
He also discusses casting Benicio Del Toro, Paul Dano and Patricia Arquette in the lead roles, and how his reputation as a comedy actor gave way to the dark and heavy themes of a series set in prison.
Escape at Dannemora is executive produced and directed by Stiller and produced by Michael De Luca Productions, Red Hour Productions and Showtime for the US premium cable channel. CBS Studios International distributes.