Already In-Development West Memphis Three Movie Revealed, Has a Better Ending Now

August 22, 2011


The same Gods of Better Endings that smiled upon Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden movie have mercifully smiled on another in-development film based on gruesome, momentous, real-life events. As I'm sure you heard, the so-called West Memphis Three are finally out of prison--one off death row--after spending 18 years wrongfully imprisoned for a brutal triple-murder they didn't commit. That's a great movie ending, right, Shawshank Redemption? And so it will be, as former Dimension Films producer Richard Saperstein has had a film based on the non-fiction book Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three going for some time now, though we're only just now really paying attention being that it's relevant and all. And while Peter Jackson has been the director who's been super vocal and financially generous in helping the three get out of prison, it's The Sweet Hereafter director Atom Egoyan who has been hired for the project, and has been working on the film for the past couple months leading up to this big development.

Anyway, there's already a script from Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman, but, talking to the Hollywood Reporter, Egoyan confirmed the obvious: yes, there will be a new, somewhat uplifting ending that incorporates the bittersweet release that forced the trio to plead guilty to the crime. So, if you still refuse to read about the case, and also don't want to watch either of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's revealing documentaries on the subject (the Paradise Lost films), fear not, there will be a theatrical dramatization to hold your attention soon enough. It will be depressing.

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