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May 17, 2012 3:51 AM
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CANNES: Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three Drama 'Devil's Knot' Gets Financed, via Worldview Entertainment

Worldview Entertainment CEO Christopher Woodrow
Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three project “Devil’s Knot” will be financed and produced by Worldview Entertainment. Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth star in the film, which begins shooting next month in Georgia.

Elizabeth Fowler, Clark Peterson, Richard Saperstein and Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow are producing. Worldview’s Molly Conners, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Maria Cestone and Hoyt David Morgan are executive producers along with West Memphis Three defendants Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin.

“Worldview is excited to be involved with such an important and relevant project,” said Woodrow. “We believe this story needs to be told on screen and we couldn’t ask for a higher caliber of talent to do so.”

Based on Mara Leveritt’s 2002 book, “Devil’s Knot” was adapted by Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson. The Weinstein Company is handling international sales on the project in Cannes, while CAA is repping North American rights.

The New York-based Worldview also is producing Guillaume Canet’s crime thriller “Blood Ties” and James Gray’s untitled period drama. The company has “Killer Joe” hitting theaters in July through LD Distribution and the British crime thriller “Welcome to the Punch” opening later this year.

Amy Berg’s “West of Memphis,” a comprehensive documentary about the infamous West Memphis Three case, played at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was subsequently acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s latest documentary on the trio, “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” aired on HBO in January.

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  • west memphis three evidence | May 30, 2012 10:45 PMReply

    The one sided movies and websites about this case leave out the evidence showing why the West Memphis Three were found guilty by a unanimous jury. They plead guilty last year instead of waiting for a trial.

    Misskelley confessed three separate times, once with his lawyer present. Misskelley also told two other people about the crime before he was arrested. Baldwin told someone else he committed the crimes. Echols was seen in muddy clothes near the crime scene. Echols is reported to have either told or bragged about the crime to four people before he was arrested.

    Echols had a history of psychiatric treatment and psychotic behavior. His reported actions included brutally killing a dog, starting fires at his school, threatening to kill his teachers and parents and stating he liked to drink blood.
    Echols' stated under cross-examination that he was interested in the occult. Echols' journal contained morbid images and references to dead children.

    Read alternative sources about the case. Don't just believe the one sided movies