What to make of all this new interest in O.J. Simpson… the only explanation I have is that June 2014 will mark the 20th anniversary since he was charged with the murders of Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ron Goldman.
It was in March that FOX TV announced it had inked a development deal for a drama project based on Jeffrey Toobin’s best-selling book titled, The Run Of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson.
By all accounts, it sounded to me like a Traffic-like project that will look at the case from a variety of different perspectives.
The project comes from Nina Jacobson (producer of the successful The Hunger Games franchise) and Brad Simpson (producer of the upcoming World War Z, starring Brad Pitt).
So with a behind-the-camera team like that, this should be a high-profile project to pay attention to as developments happen.
Skip ahead to today with news that another O.J. Simpson project is in the works – this one a feature film, aimed for the big screen.
Forsport Enterprises announced that they are set to launch production on a film titled An American Mystery, for which they are planning a major theatrical release in the summer of 2014.
To be directed by Joshua Newton, the $65 million project (wow!), according to the press announcement, “has the capacity to challenge entrenched attitudes on a topic that has inspired visceral reactions for almost a generation… Our goal is to lay bare the facts and have the audience reach their own conclusions.“
The press release also states that Nicole Brown-Simpson will be played by Charlotte Kirk, whose first major role will be alongside Liam Neeson in the upcoming actioner, Non-Stop, out next February.
The obvious question here is: who will play O.J. Simpson? Actually, who will play O.J. Simpson in both projects – the TV mini-series, and the feature film?
Have your say in the comments section below.