According to the film's director, Joe Berliner, though, the backlash is "very naive" and just a "knee-jerk reaction."
"I think the idea of this particular story, making a movie about Bundy, equals glorification of him is a very naive and knee-jerk reaction," Berlinger told Bustle in the lobby of a Utah hotel.
Extremely Wicked is based on a memoir written by Bundy's ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, titled The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy. The audience will see Bundy through her eyes, which Berlinger believes is a very important side of the story to tell.
"The fact that somebody like Ted Bundy got away for so long, eluded capture for so long, because he was charming and manipulative and people around him thought he was not capable of these crimes, that’s a lesson you can’t learn enough and a very valid lesson to put out into the world," Berlinger explained.