Atom Egoyan to Direct 'Devil's Knot' Film About The West Memphis 3
If you haven't been keeping up with the real world news headlines lately, you may have not heard that the murder defendants known as the West Memphis 3 were released from prison after 18 years. The three men were imprisoned for the murder of three 8-year old boys who were found hog-tied in a drainage ditch. However, new DNA evidence seemed to prove the trio's innocence, this resulting in their release from prison. Now Deadline says a a feature film adaptation of the story is already on the way with a screenplay already complete and Chloe director Atom Egoyan slated to start production on the film next spring.
The script comes from The Exorcism of Emily Rose writers Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman and Egoyan has been working with the latter writer for the last six weeks on a new draft. Called The Devil's Knot, the film is an adaptation of Mara Leveritt's book of the same name which chronicles the controversial trial. The project has been in the works since 2006, so this isn't entirely a Hollywood rush job, but what better time to move forward on the film as the West Memphis 3 are released from prison. This sounds like a great legal drama in the making, and I'm interested to see what kind of cast gets rounded up for the project. Stay tuned.