It seems there’s something in the air in Hollywood about Lizzie Borden. It was only a couple of years ago that we got the event series “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles” starring Christina Ricci, and now the notorious killer is headed to the big screen, with some big names attached.
THR reports that Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny will team up for an untitled movie set to be directed by Pieter Van Hees (“Waste Land“). The story will chronicle the events that led up to Borden’s brutal murder of her father and step-mother (with an axe no less), though she was never convicted of the crime. Sevigny will play Borden, with Stewart as the live-in maid Bridget Sullivan who testified at the trial, and who some people allege gave a deathbed confession stating she protected Lizzie by changing her testimony. Crime author Ed McBain also once floating the theory that Sullivan and Borden had an affair, and were discovered, leading to the murders. However, it remains to be seen which angle this film will take.
There’s no word yet on when production might start, but the project is headed to the American Film Market and I’d wager if financing and distribution can be secured, cameras will roll.