November 15, 2011 2:36pm PT by Philiana Ng , Marisa Guthrie
Lifetime Developing Casey Anthony TV Movie Based on Prosecutor's Book
Casey Anthony's story may be hitting the small screen.
Lifetime is in the early stages of development on a a potential television movie based on retired prosecutor Jeff Ashton's just-released book, Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony, detailing the 24-year-old's murder trial and the events leading up to it. Anthony was acquitted this past summer of charges that she killed her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
The telepic, which Lifetime has not yet greenlit, would follow the three years it took Ashton and his team to bring the headline-making case to court and be told from the point of view of the prosecution.
Ashton's book Imperfect Justice was officially announced in August and soon after, it shot to No. 1 on the BarnesandNobles.com sales list.
“The book goes where the press and pundits have only speculated — detailing the day to day investigation, examining how the prosecution built their case, and explaining how a woman so shrouded in guilt was proclaimed innocent,” publisher William Morrow said at the time. Ashton said at the time that the book would offer a candid assessment of the prosecution’s strengths and weaknesses and his belief in Anthony's guilt.
Alison Cross (Roe vs. Wade) is attached to write the adaptation and will serve as executive producer with TV movie veteran Jean Abounader and Michelle Manning.