10:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
Lorena Bobbitt Blesses Lifetime Original Movie Biopic
Reemerging in pop culture in 2019 courtesy of an Amazon documentary series, Lorena Bobbitt is now getting the scripted treatment. The controversial ‘90s figure is set to executive produce a fully authorized Lifetime original movie based on her life.
I Was Lorena Bobbitt is expected to air in 2020, an ambitious year for the network as it celebrates the 30th anniversary of its infamous telepics and plans to roll out 100 new titles. The project will tell Bobbitt’s story from her perspective, tracing her life from immigrant bride to abused wife to unlikely media sensation after she cut off her abusive husband’s penis with a knife in 1993. The film will also document Bobbitt’s emergence as an advocate for other abused women.
Bobbitt, like so many figures from the '90s, has gotten another look in recent years. The docuseries Lorena reexamined the media’s portrayal of the abuse victim and how her life was affected by the very public trial that followed the retaliation she took on her husband. Bobbitt was also the subject of a recent 20/20 special.
Produced by Cineflix Productions, I Was Lorena Bobbitt is being executive produced by Bobbitt, Andy Streitfeld, Jeff Vanderwal and Charles Tremayne, with Barbara Nance (The Lizzie Borden Chronicles) penning the script and Danishka Esterhazy directing. Casting should solidify soon, as production is expected to begin later this month.
As for Lifetime’s other movie plans, the network is adding more V.C. Andrews adaptions, having optioned a five-movie series based on the novelist’s Ruby Landry books.