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Reese Witherspoon may star in Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three drama Devil's Knot

12.16.2011
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Multiple projects about the events surrounding the West Memphis Three have been in the works of late. Most recently, we got our first look at the trailer for the documentary PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY, and then there's the Amy Berg-directed documentary WEST OF MEMPHIS which is being produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (both of whom were involved in funding private investigations that helped lead to the re-opening of the case).

Then there's Atom Egoyan (CHLOE) and his narrative drama of the maddening events called DEVIL'S KNOT, an adaptation of the 2003 book by investigative journalist Mara Leveritt, written by Scott Derrickson & Paul Boardman (THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE), and Egoyan. According to Variety, actress Reese Witherspoon has become attached to play "Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the victims. Hobbs originally believed that Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley murdered her son, but as the case dragged on and more details became available, she came to believe that the trio did not commit the heinous crime."

DEVIL'S KNOT, armed with an under-$20 million budget, is expected to begin shooting in the summer.
Source: Variety

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4:25PM on 12/16/2011

I have faith in Egoyan as a director,

But I'm curious to see how this film is going to pan out and what it's going to focus on. One thing that anyone who has seen the documentaries will probably agree with is that the people in that town are not...very pretty people. Pam Hobbs looks like Melissa Leo after a 3-year crack binge. I'm not sure what it'd be like with Witherspoon playing her, unless she goes into full "Charlize Theron in Monster" mode to play the character.
But I'm curious to see how this film is going to pan out and what it's going to focus on. One thing that anyone who has seen the documentaries will probably agree with is that the people in that town are not...very pretty people. Pam Hobbs looks like Melissa Leo after a 3-year crack binge. I'm not sure what it'd be like with Witherspoon playing her, unless she goes into full "Charlize Theron in Monster" mode to play the character.
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6:37AM on 12/16/2011

also...

worthy to note...as facts began to unravel...Pamela's family came to believe that HER HUSBAND, Terry, committed the murders.
worthy to note...as facts began to unravel...Pamela's family came to believe that HER HUSBAND, Terry, committed the murders.
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