Some women might be flattered to have Hayden Panettiere star in a movie about their life. But when that proposed movie is about a real-life murder case, which is still under appeal, that’s just not cool.
So say lawyers for Amanda Knox, the American exchange student convicted in December, along with her 23-year-old boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, in Italy for the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.
“It is inconceivable to make a film when a final verdict on this case has not been reached,” Maria Del Grosso, a member of Knox’s legal team, complained to the Italian news press, according to the New York Post.
The cable channel Lifetime, home to such TV movies as ‘Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?’, announced plans Monday for ‘The Amanda Knox Story’, starring the former ‘Heroes‘ actress, and scheduled to air sometime next year.
The victim’s mother, Arline Kercher, also wasn’t happy about the film, particularly that it was to focus on her daughter’s convicted killer. “I don’t see how they can make a film called ‘The Amanda Knox Story’ when the story is really all about my daughter. It’s all very odd.”
Found guilty of murder and sentenced to 26 years in prison, Knox still has appeals left to her conviction, her lawyers say, and she’s been fighting her depiction as “Foxy Knoxy” in the media since her arrest, but it’s unclear what sway an Italian court has over a U.S. TV movie.
Knox is next due in court for a hearing on the slander case brought against her by the Preugia, Italy police after she claimed she was beaten and intimidated into confession. Her murder appeal is expected to be heard in November, at which time her attorneys will argue that the DNA evidence presented at her trail was flawed.
Knox has been the subject of extensive press coverage, including the 2009 ‘48 Hours Mystery‘ feature ‘American Girl, Italian Nightmare,’ which is a recent Emmy nominee (and happened to be produced by Robert ‘Joe’ Halderman, the David Letterman blackmailer who was recently released from prison). The News and Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony will be held in New York on Sept. 27.