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Reese Witherspoon ('Walk The Line,' 'Just Like Heaven') has just been signed to star in 'Devil's Knot,' the new drama from director Atom Egoyan.('Chloe,' 'Where the Truth Lies') 'Devil's Knot' is based on a novel by reporter Mara Leveritt about the West Memphis Three case. For those who might not be familiar, the West Memphis Three were a group of men convicted and imprisoned for killing three 8-year old boys back in 1993 in a highly sensationalized case. The men were recently exonerated and released from prison in August. Witherspoon will play Pam Hobbs the mother of one of the murdered boys who initially believes the men to be guilty, but then becomes convinced of their innocence. The script was originally written by Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman, the guys who brought us 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose,'and Egoyan has been working alongside Boardman for the last couple months on a rewrite. The film is set to go into production next summer.
What's interesting about this story is that it isn't the only film about the West Memphis Three on the way. Peter Jackson ('The Hobbit') and his wife/producing partner Fran Walsh, both of whom were actually part of the campaign to get the West Memphis Three released, just finished their documentary 'West of Memphis.' The doco was produced by recently freed member Damien Echols and his wife Lorri Davis. The story of the West Memphis Three is both fascinating and heartbreaking. It is no surprise that multiple films on the subject would be produced. What I appreciate about this situation is that we won't be getting two cinematic dramatizations, bur rather one dramatization and one documentary; a more interesting cross-section of the information. In terms of 'Devil's Knot,'I like Witherspoon for the role, it's meaty and emotionally complex and she has the chops to handle it.
What do you guys think? Are you more interested in the drama or the documentary?