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Sundance Preview: Crime Journo Thriller ‘True Story’ with Jonah Hill and James Franco

Sundance Preview: Crime Journo Thriller 'True Story' with Jonah Hill and James Franco

Seasoned English theatre director Rupert Goold, who has mounted TV adaptations of Shakespeare including “Macbeth,” helms “True Story,” a cat-and-mouse crime drama inspired by the story of New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) who, in 2002, learned that accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) had used Finkel’s identity as an alias during his days as a fugitive outside the US.

Once one of the FBI’s ten most wanted fugitives, the Oregonian Longo was accused—and ultimately convicted—of murdering his wife, four-year-old son and two-year-old daughter. While in custody, Longo communicated with the disgraced Finkel, and these conversations served as the basis for Finkel’s 2005 memoir “True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa,” in which he details his downfall as a journalist and deepening descent into the Longo case.

Co-written by Goold and David Kajganich (who penned the 2007 “Body Snatchers” remake “The Invasion”) and produced by Anthony Katagas with Plan B’s Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Brad Pitt—who produced Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave”— the film premieres at Sundance in January before hitting theaters via Fox Searchlight on April 10, 2015. Look out for a first trailer this week. More images below.

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