It’s only been a few years since the murder of Meredith Kercher and the conviction of Amanda Knox in Italy. But there’s already a movie about it.
Yep, premiering this Monday, February 21, we’ll see Hayden Panettiere playing Amanda Knox in the Lifetime Original Movie Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy. Of course, based on true events, this movie poses the question of whether Amanda Knox, the Seattle honors student accused of murdering her college roommate in 2007 with her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and acquaintance Rudy Guede, actually committed the crime or was herself a victim.
After the movie, the network will air an hour-long documentary, Beyond the Headlines: Amanda Knox, which features Amanda’s mother and father, as well as friends, investigators, prosecutors and legal scholars who take viewers inside the Italian justice system and reveal what it’s like to be a foreigner locked up and convicted in another country. Supposedly, the documentary will unravel the legal evidence and allegations to look at what really happened to Meredith Kercher on November 2, 2007 – and what Amanda Knox’s role might have been.
You’re probably wondering why this movie and documentary win the perfect timing award. Beyond those involved, I’m sure few of us still wonder about the Amanda Knox case, so dredging up a movie might not grab as many viewers as you’d hope. That is, unless, someone else around the case gets arrested.
Amanda Knox’s parents, it’s been reported today, are now standing trial for alleging that Italian police abused their daughter. You can read the article here. By making potentially false allegations (I’m not here to say what did or didn’t happen), the Italian government has decided it’s libel and is therefore pressing charges.
Talk about a coincidence in timing. I haven’t yet watched the movie (the screener’s sitting in my living room waiting for me), but I’m certainly curious to see whether the alleged abuse happens in the movie and what these individuals have to say in the documentary. It certainly shows you how “based on a true story” can leave some doors and windows wide open to interpretation — and that even the real world, we still have questions.
Anyway, an interesting sequence of events leading up to a brand-new movie. Will you be watching?
Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy premieres Monday, February 21, at 9pm ET on Lifetime.
*image courtesy of Lifetime Television