Well, Lifetime movie Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, starring Hayden Panettierre and Marcia Gay Harden, came and went this spring without much fuss, although it was reportedly less than accurate. After protests from Knox’s parents, Lifetime removed a controversial recreation of the murder. (The channel wasted no time rebroadcasting the TV film with updated title cards). But with the unfolding drama of the controversial American exchange student convicted of a 2007 murder in Italy still in the news, there seems room for a proper movie version.
For four years, Knox has steadfastly maintained her innocence; she has been serving a 26-year jail term since 2009 for collaborating with her boyfriend on the murder of her British roommate and friend Meredith Kercher. The jury in her case, which is under appeal, will decide whether or not to set her free Monday. UPDATE: The verdict has been reached. Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were set free, acquitted of all charges except a defamation charge for which Knox will have to pay court charges and fines. She went back to prison to pick up some things and fill out paperwork. Her passport expired while she was in prison. But soon she can go home and put this behind her–if the media will let her.
What could be more dramatic than the 24-year-old’s final Perugia courtroom plea (translated from her fluent Italian, below) which brought onlookers to tears: “I am not what they say, the perversion and the violence, this does not belong to me, I did not do the things they suggested I did…I have not killed, I have not raped, I was not there, I was not present at that crime.”