Announced last night at the Sundance Film Festival...
ro*co productions, which is currently a partner of Oprah's OWN Documentary Club to identify and assist in the acquisition of feature documentaries, will be partnering with 1492 Pictures (producers of The Help and Harry Potter) to adapt documentary films into feature films. The first film set for adaptation through this partnership is the Yoav Potash award winning Crime After Crime, a documentary we've covered on the site several times last year after it was acquired by Oprah's OWN for a premiere on the network last fall.
To recap, Crime After Crime chronicles the battle of two attorneys to free Debbi Peagler, a woman who served 20 years of her life sentence for her involvement in the murder of a man who abused her.
The partnership deal was negotiated by Sue Turley for ro*co films international and Michael Barnathan for 1492 Pictures.
Barnathan, president of 1492 pictures, said the following regarding the deal, “We are very excited about working with ro*co and Yoav to adapt CRIME AFTER CRIME into a dramatic feature film,” he says, “This extraordinary documentary has great potential as a narrative feature film. We have made films that began as ideas, books, plays, and screenplays. While this will be our first documentary-to-dramatic-
I'm not sure how I feel about this; my first reaction tells me it seems rather unnecessary, an overkill of the subject matter, especially if films are adapted from well-made documentaries like Crime After Crime.