Reese Witherspoon Set to Star in West Memphis 3 Film 'Devil's Knot'
Though producer Peter Jackson just recently announced a production wrap on West of Memphis, the documentary about the murder defendants known as the West Memphis 3 who were recently released from prison after 18 years of wrongful incarceration, development on the dramatized version of the story is finall moving forward. In August we learned that Chloe director Atom Egoyan was slated to start production on Devil's Knot, the story of three men imprisoned for the murder of three 8-year old boys until new DNA evidence seemed to prove the trio's innocence. Now Deadline says Reese Witherspoon is in talks to star.
Witherspoon would play Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the murder victims who initially believes the trio murdered her son, but is eventually persuaded that the three suspects are innocent and wrongly accused. This isn't a project that came together quickly due to the relevance of the defendants and their innocence as the project has been in the works since 2006 when The Exorcism of Emily Rose writers Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman wrote the script and set up the film at Dimension Films before it was put into turnaround. Right now the plan is to finance the film independently and if Witherspoon is involved, it shouldn't be so hard to secure funding and find a distributor for this intriguing and tragic story.