Monterey Media has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to “The Pardon,” a true crime drama based on the story of the only woman ever executed in the state of Louisiana. The film stars Jaime King (“Sin City: A Dame To Kill For,” “Heart of Dixie”) and Oscar-nominee John Hawkes (“Winter’s Bone,” “The Sessions”).
The film’s official synopsis reads: “Surviving a legacy of childhood abuse, which lands her in the art deco brothels of the time, Toni Jo Henry (King) briefly discovers love and happiness when she marries the dashing boxer Cowboy Henry (Jason Lewis). Cowboy is soon after sent to prison, leaving the bereft Toni Jo to embark on an ill-fated mission with Cowboy’s sometime partner Arkie (John Hawkes). A grisly murder and a series of sensational trials where she pleads her innocence instantly makes the beautiful Toni Jo into a celebrity.
“I was fascinated when filmmaker Tom Anton brought us this lovingly recreated and compelling story,” said Scott Mansfield, Managing Partner at Monterey Media. “Since 1903, only 50 women have ever been executed in the US. By comparison, since 1976, almost 1,400 men have been put to death.”
The deal was negotiated between Mansfield and Shoreline Entertainment’s Sam Eigen & Brian Sweet. Monterey Media is planning a late spring release.