Amanda Knox Conviction Won't Force Michael Winterbottom to Change 'Face of an Angel'
The film stars Kate Beckinsale in a fictionalized adaptation of Barbie Latza Nadeau's book about Knox's original murder trial, and a promo trailer will be shown to foreign buyers at the upcoming European Film Market.
LONDON -- Although an Italian appeals court has reinstated Amanda Knox's conviction for the 2007 murder of her British roommate, director Michael Winterbottom does not plan to make any changes to his indie movie Face of an Angel, which is loosely derived from Rome-based American journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau's book about the initial 2009 trial.
Face of an Angel, starring Kate Beckinsale, Daniel Bruhl and Cara Delevingne, uses the tragic story of the murder in Umbria, Italy, of British student Meredith Kercher and Knox’s initial conviction as a springboard for a wider investigation of society's fascination with violence, rather than love.
Sources close to the filmmaker told The Hollywood Reporter that the latest verdict by the Italian court would have no effect on the finished film since it is not a blow-by-blow account of the original trial, which is used only as a point of reference.
Winterbottom wasn't immediately available for comment, but he has long stressed he is not making an Amanda Knox film, but a fictionalized adaptation of Nadeau's Angel Face: Sex, Murder and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox.
The latest court decision -- making headlines around the world -- is sure to generate additional interest in the film, which the London-based West End Films will shop to foreign buyers at Berlin's upcoming European Film Market. Winterbottom, who recently signed with UTA, is currently editing the movie, which he shot last fall.
Industry observers predicted that West End Films will almost certainly see increased interest in the film, since it was already an eagerly anticipated project from the British filmmaker. The first images from the title are expected to be released as the EFM kicks into gear in Berlin next week.
Knox, who published a memoir last year, was sentenced to 28 1/2 years in prison along with her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.
The guilty verdict, first handed down in 2009, had been overturned in 2011 and the pair was freed from prison. But Italy's superior court vacated that decision and sent the case back for a third trial in Florence.