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Image Nabs Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three Drama 'Devil's Knot,' Starring Firth and Witherspoon

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 7, 2013 at 2:55PM

Image Entertainment has tied up rights for "Devil's Knot," the Atom Egoyan true-crime thriller that debuted last month at TIFF. An all-star cast led by Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth rehash the much-publicized story of the West Memphis Three, who were wrongly sentenced for the murders of three children in Memphis.
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"Devil's Knot"
"Devil's Knot"

Image Entertainment has tied up rights for "Devil's Knot," the Atom Egoyan true-crime thriller that debuted last month at TIFF. An all-star cast led by Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth rehashes the much-publicized story of the West Memphis Three, who were wrongly sentenced for the murders of three children in Memphis.

Amy Ryan ("Gone Baby Gone"), Mireille Enos ("World War Z," "The Killing") and Stephen Moyer ("True Blood") also star. Image is eyeing a 2014 second quarter release for the film.

"Devil's Knot," based on the book by Mara Leveritt, didn't land so well in Toronto, where the general critical sentiment was been-there, done-that. This searing story already has four documentaries indebted to it (the HBO "Paradise Lost" trilogy, by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, and the Peter Jackson produced "West of Memphis," helmed by Amy Berg). This may be going one time too many to the same well.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.