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West Memphis Three Drama 'Devil's Knot' Starts Filming in Atlanta with Director Egoyan, Firth, Witherspoon, Nivola and Enos

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 16, 2012 at 4:14PM

Atom Egoyan's "Devil's Knot," based on the true story of the recently released West Memphis Three (Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr.), after eighteen years in prison on Death Row, has begun prinical photography in Atlanta, GA. The film stars Colin Firth...
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Atom Egoyan's "Devil's Knot," based on the true story of the recently released West Memphis Three (Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr.), after eighteen years in prison on Death Row, has begun prinical photography in Atlanta, GA. The film stars Colin Firth, Alessandro Nivola, Reese Witherspoon, Mireille Enos, Kristopher Higgins, Stephen Moyer, Amy Ryan, Matt Letscher, Michael Gladis, Rex Linn, Dane DeHaan, Bruce Greenwood and newcomer James Hamrick. Here's more details.

The West Memphis Three's long quest for justice was featured in both HBO's "Paradise Lost" doc trilogy (from directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky) and Amy Berg's investigative Sundance entry "West of Memphis," produced by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Echols, which helped to break the case. The true story will reach a much wider audience in narrative form and with Oscar-winning stars Firth and Witherspoon attached. Trailers for the docs below.

Writers Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson adapted journalist Mara Leveritt's book, "Devil's Knot," and are also producing with Elizabeth Fowler, Richard Saperstein and Clark Peterson, alongside Worldview Entertainment’s CEO, Christopher Woodrow. Worldview’s Molly Conners, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Maria Cestone and Hoyt David Morgan serve as exec producers, alongside two of the West Memphis Three'; Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. The Weinsteins are handling international sales and CAA is handling North American rights.
 

              

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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.