Hmmm… I’m usually excited about biopics or movies based on true events, but this one is tricky. Can you believe, there’s an OJ Simpson movie in the works? I guess what I mean is, can you believe this is the first feature film about the murder trial that was once (and may still be) considered to be the trail of the century? As far as I know, there hasn’t been another movie like this, so it’s kind of a big deal, though I can’t honestly say I’m excited to see the film when it comes out. Still, the details are interesting, so click inside for more!
Entertainment Weekly has the story:
What better way to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the O.J. Simpson murder trial and acquittal than with a feature film that promises “startling facts” and a “fresh perspective” surrounding the murders of Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ron Goldman?
Friday, Forsport Enterprises announced that the film — entitled An American Mystery – was set to go into production for a major theatrical release in the summer of 2014.
Joshua Newton will be directing the effort with $65 million at his disposal from a group of venture capitalists and fund managers, according to the announcement. Newton is somewhat of an unknown, but most recently directed the late Roy Scheider in Justice/Vengeance (previously titled Iron Cross), which has yet to be released.
In the announcement Newton said: “An American Mystery has the capacity to challenge entrenched attitudes on a topic that has inspired visceral reactions for almost a generation.” He added: “Our goal is to lay bare the facts and have the audience reach their own conclusions.”
As far as casting goes, details are sparse. The release only specifies that the role of Nicole Brown-Simpson will be played by Charlotte Kirk, whose first major role will be in Non-Stop, which stars Liam Neeson (out Feb. 28, 2014).
Fox is also developing a mini-series based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.
Well, at the very least, it’s going to be very interesting to see how people react to this film. I think for me the Simpson trail was so complicated by class issues and race issues I never really got the full story. I was also a 5th grader when the verdict was reached (remember watching it on TV in my classroom) and it just wasn’t something I fully understood. So maybe the movie will bring some new facts to life that could create a compelling story.
What do you guys think? Are you interested in seeing An American Mystery?