Director Michael Winterbottom has taken on a project to make a film out of the events surrounding Amanda Knox’s murder trial named The Face of an Angel. Based on Barbie Latza Nadeau’s novel Angel Face: Sex, Murder and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox, a screenplay has been adapted by Paul Viragh (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) and Daniel Bruhl will star in the leading role, originally thought to be played by Colin Firth.
Winterbottom has indicated that the film won’t specifically focus on Knox, but previously said this: “I have no view on whether they did it, the film will not be about that. There is unlikely to be a character playing Knox. I talked to Firth about the idea of playing a journalist or a writer.”
Here’s the book synopsis for Angel Face: Sex, Murder and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox (via Amazon):
Despite all the airtime devoted to Amanda Knox, it’s still hard to reconcile the fresh-faced honor student from Seattle with the sexually rapacious killer convicted of the November 2007 murder of her British roommate. Few Americans have heard all of the powerful evidence that convinced a jury that Knox was one of three people to sexually assault Meredith Kercher, brutalize her body, and cut her throat. InAngel Face, Rome-based Daily Beast senior writer Barbie Latza Nadeau – who cultivated personal relationships with the key figures in both the prosecution and the defense – describes how the Knox family’s heavy-handed efforts to control media coverage distorted the facts, inflamed an American audience, and painted an offensive, inaccurate picture of Italy’s justice system. An eye-opener for any parent considering sending a child away to study, Angel Face reveals what really went on in this incomprehensible crime.