July 23, 2015

ABC Family gives green light for Amanda Knox-like drama

MNR Daily

A one-hour drama pilot, titled “Guilt,” has been given the green light by ABC Family. The show is written, created and executive-produced by Kathyrn Price and Nicole Millard, both of whom worked on “The Game Plan.” Steve McPherson will be the executive producer.

The story, which a lot of media believes, draws comparison to the story of Amanda Knox’ trial from 2007 to 2015.

“”Guilt” is an edgy, soapy thriller that revolves around an American in London who becomes the prime suspect in the savage murder of her roommate,” according to the movie’s synopsis.

Knox is an American exchange student who went to Italy to further her linguistics degree. She was accused or murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher, a student from London, in 2007, according to Biography.

In 2009, Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was found guilty and was sentenced to 26 years and 25 years in prison, respectively. In 2010 Konx and Sollecito’s lawyers filed for appeal. In 2011 their guilty verdict was overturned and both were acquitted. In 2013, Italy’s final court of appeal, the Court of Cassation, overturned the acquittal verdict of both Knox and Sollecito and they were again tried. They were found guilty in 2014, only for the Supreme Court of Italy to overturn the verdict and finally acquit them of any charges, according to Biography.

An article in AV Club, however, says that the show will be “legally distinct from the Amanda Knox story – in theory.” “‘Guilt’ is being billed as a mystery show, with the idea being that the week-to-week stories will involve uncovering new twists to the central murder plot,” the article states.

ABC Family, together with BV Family Productions and Sea to Sky Entertainment, the joint venture between Lionsgate Television and Thunderbird Films, will co-produce “Guilt.”

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