Weeks after world premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Atom Egoyan’s take on the West Memphis Three, “Devil’s Knot,” has been acquired for U.S. distribution by Image Entertainment. The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth and Amy Ryan. The company plans to release it next spring.
Here’s the synopsis per Image:
Based on the true crime book, “Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West
Memphis Three” by Mara Leveritt, “Devil’s Knot” tells the
compelling story of three teenagers accused of the brutal 1993 murder of three 8-year
old boys in Memphis, Ark. – two of them sentenced to life imprisonment and one
to death. The film explores the lives of
deeply misunderstood outsiders, their families and communities, and their
darkest fantasies. The conviction of the
West Memphis Three – Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelley, Jr., and Jason Baldwin – riled
the American justice system, shocked a tightly knit religious town and outraged
“Reese Witherspoon delivers a stellar, emotional performance,
displaying her versatility by transforming herself as a vulnerable mother
trying to make sense of her son’s death,” said Image Entertainment’s
Chief Acquisition Officer, Bill Bromiley.