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Image Nabs Atom Egoyan’s West Memphis Three Drama ‘Devil’s Knot,’ Starring Firth and Witherspoon

Image Nabs Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three Drama 'Devil's Knot,' Starring Firth and Witherspoon

Image Entertainment has tied up rights for “Devil’s Knot,” the Atom Egoyan true-crime thriller that debuted last month at TIFF. An all-star cast led by Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth rehashes the much-publicized story of the West Memphis Three, who were wrongly sentenced for the murders of three children in Memphis.

Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”), Mireille Enos (“World War Z,” “The Killing”) and Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”) also star. Image is eyeing a 2014 second quarter release for the film.

“Devil’s Knot,” based on the book by Mara Leveritt, didn’t land so well in Toronto, where the general critical sentiment was been-there, done-that. This searing story already has four documentaries indebted to it (the HBO “Paradise Lost” trilogy, by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, and the Peter Jackson produced “West of Memphis,” helmed by Amy Berg). This may be going one time too many to the same well.

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