Toronto: Image Lands West Memphis 3 Pic ‘Devil’s Knot’ With Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon

Mike Fleming

Image Entertainment has acquired the Toronto title Devil’s Knot and will release it in second-quarter 2014. The Atom Egoyan-directed film stars Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Amy Ryan, Mireille Enos, and Stephen Moyer. Image’s Chief Acquisition … Read More »

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Drama Series Based On West Memphis 3 Filmmaker’s Experience Sold To Fox

By | Tuesday October 23, 2012 @ 1:30pm PDT

Fox has bought Paradise Falls, a crime drama from Emmy-winning Boardwalk Empire writer-producer Margaret Nagle. Joe Berlinger, who directed the HBO documentary series Paradise Lost about the trial, conviction and eventual release of the West Memphis 3, is co-executive producing the project, which will be loosely based on his experiences covering the case for two decades. The series centers on a down-on-his-luck documentary filmmaker who is sent by a crime reality show to cover the trial of a heinous crime that has engulfed the tourist town of Paradise Falls, PA. He uncovers corruption and deceit at every turn, realizing the case is a smokescreen for the townspeople’s twisted ambition for fame and profit. Nagle, who also sold a one-hour drama to CBS this season, is writing and executive producing the Universal Television Studios project. Brillstein Entertainment’s Margaret Riley also is an executive producer. Read More »

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Toronto: ‘West Of Memphis’ Gets Fest Preem; Johnny Depp And Natalie Maines To Join Filmmakers

Mike Fleming

RELATED: 2012 Sundance: Q&A With ‘West Of Memphis’ Producers Peter Jackson And Fran Walsh

BREAKING: West of Memphis, the Amy Berg-directed documentary that was one of the Read More »

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‘Devil’s Knot’ Adds Duo To Cast

By | Monday June 25, 2012 @ 5:50pm PDT

Robert Baker and Brian Howe are the latest additions to the cast of Devil’s Knot. The duo joins Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon and Alessandro Nivola in the Atom Egoyan-directed film about the wrongly accused … Read More »

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‘Devil’s Knot’ Adds Matt Letscher To Cast

By | Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 3:50pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Letscher has joined Devil’s Knot.  The actor, who appears on ABC’s Scandal, will play defense attorney “Paul Ford” in the Atom Egoyan-directed film about the West Memphis 3. Letscher is scheduled to … Read More »

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Alessandro Nivola Plays Key Role In West Memphis 3 Film ‘Devil’s Knot’

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 8:46am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Alessandro Nivola has been tapped to star opposite Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in Devil’s Knot, the Atom Egoyan-directed drama about the conviction of the West Memphis 3, a trio falsely accused of a triple homicide in a controversial … Read More »

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Kristopher Higgins Joining ‘Devil’s Knot’

By | Friday June 8, 2012 @ 2:08pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Kristopher Higgins is in talks to join the cast of Devil’s Knot. Higgins, who appeared in season 3 of The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, joins the already announced Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon in the drama about … Read More »

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‘The Killing’s Mireille Enos Tied To ‘Devil’s Knot’

By | Wednesday May 30, 2012 @ 1:15pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Mireille Enos Devil's Knot CastingEXCLUSIVE: The Killing star Mireille Enos has joined Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in Devil’s Knot, the Atom Egoyan-directed drama about the West Memphis 3. Enos will play Vicki Hutcheson, the mother of an 8-year-old boy who lives in a run-down house in West Memphis. She becomes an important witness in the murder trial of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley for the killing of three 8-year-old boys found hog-tied in a drainage ditch. Hutcheson, it becomes apparent to investigators, could be the only link between Echols and Misskelley.

As Deadline revealed just after the West Memphis 3 murder defendants were released from prison last summer, The Sweet Hereafter and Chloe director Egoyan came aboard to direct a script that was originally written by Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman, the team behind The Exorcism Of Emily Rose. Read More »

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Colin Firth Joins Reese Witherspoon in West Memphis 3 Film ‘Devil’s Knot’

By | Wednesday February 1, 2012 @ 11:34am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Colin Firth has joined Reese Witherspoon in Devil’s Knot, the Atom Egoyan-directed drama about the West Memphis 3. As Deadline revealed just after the West Memphis 3 murder defendants were released from prison August 19, The Sweet Hereafter and … Read More »

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BREAKING: ‘West Of Memphis’ Unveils New Witnesses In Murder Case

By | Friday January 20, 2012 @ 9:30am PST
Mike Fleming

West Of Memphis DocumentaryThis morning, I reported rumblings I’d heard that the Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh-financed Sundance documentary West Of Memphis would likely drop some revelations that could provoke the state of Arkansas to take a closer look at the 1993 murder of three youths that was originally pinned on West Memphis 3 defendants Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. The film’s first press screening is still going on, but a release has just been sent out from Echols’ legal team about the new revelations that are in the Amy Berg-directed film and came from a WM3 tipline arranged by the legal team fighting to get the three defendants exonerated. Here is the release:

(Mountain Home, Arkansas – January 20, 2012) Terry Hobbs’ nephew, Michael Hobbs Jr., allegedly told his friends “my uncle Terry murdered those three little boys,” according to declarations under penalty of perjury recently given to Damien Echols’ defense team. The three new witnesses were polygraphed about what they stated Michael Hobbs, Jr. told them.

“One day Michael picked us up in his truck. He was very quiet and upset. Michael then said to us, ‘you are not going to believe what my dad told me today. My Uncle Terry murdered the three little boys.’ According to Michael, his dad called this ‘The Hobbs Family Secret’ and he asked us to keep it a secret and not tell anyone.”

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2012 Sundance: Will New Evidence From ‘West Of Memphis’ Documentary Spark Movement In Murder Case?

Mike Fleming

2012 Sundance: Q&A With ‘West Of Memphis’ Producers Peter Jackson And Fran Walsh

West Of Memphis SundanceEXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing rumblings here in Park City that the Sundance documentary West of Memphis will include some new important evidence obtained within … Read More »

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VIDEO: West Memphis 3 Talk About Documentary ‘Paradise Lost’

By | Wednesday December 21, 2011 @ 12:41pm PST
Mike Fleming

Here is a teaser for a panel that is part of HBO’s January 12 premiere of Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, the final installment of the documentary that Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky made on the West Memphis 3. The trio was finally released this year after spending nearly 20 years … Read More »

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Reese Witherspoon To Star In ‘Devil’s Knot’

By | Thursday December 15, 2011 @ 3:55pm PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Reese Witherspoon will star in Devil’s Knot, the Atom Egoyan-directed drama about the West Memphis 3. As Deadline revealed just after the West Memphis 3 murder defendants were released from prison August 19, The Sweet Hereafter and Chloe director Egoyan came aboard to direct a script that was originally written by Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman, the team behind The Exorcism Of Emily Rose. Witherspoon will play Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the murder victims who initially believes the trio murdered her son, but she is eventually persuaded that the three suspects are innocent and wrongly accused. Filming begins next summer. Read More »

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TOLDJA! Recut West Memphis 3 Docu To Bow At NY Film Festival

The New York Film Festival announced additional programs for its 49th edition today including that it will host the premiere screening of the new ending to Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s West Memphis 3 documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, which we reported would land there first. The new footage includes the recent shock release of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, who were just sprung from an Arkansas prison after 18 years for the murder of three children due to lack of evidence and a long and high-profile fight to overturn their convictions. The filmmakers earlier said the HBO documentary will air with its original ending for next month’s Toronto International Film Festival. Here’s the NYFF release: Read More »

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West Memphis 3 Freed After Plea Deal, And Toronto-Bound Docu Directors Need Ending Change

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: The West Memphis 3, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were just freed in an Arkansas hearing after being in prison 18 years for the murder of three children in 1993. The three were freed after pleading guilty and drawing a sentence equal to the … Read More »

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UPDATE: Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh Financed Legal Support To Free ‘West Memphis 3′ Inmates

By | Thursday August 18, 2011 @ 11:21pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: THURSDAY 11 PM: I’ve learned that on Friday Academy Award-winning film director Peter Jackson and his partner and producer Fran Walsh will reveal their longtime behind-the-scenes … Read More »

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