Bridge Crosses The Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon’s Type A Films is developing “Under the Bridge,” based on Rebecca Godfrey’s true-crime account of a brutal high school murder reports Variety.

The story chronicles the 1997 killing of high school student Reena Virk in a small British Columbia town and the ensuing investigation and prosecution.

Godfrey returned to her hometown to research the eight high schoolers who were charged in the case, investigating the cliques at the group’s well-off school as well as the life of Virk, the daughter of Indian immigrants. Two of the students were convicted in 2005.

“Thirteen” and “The Nativity Story” helmer Catherine Hardwicke is in talks to direct the pic, but no word yet on whether Witherspoon will star. There’s also talk that the author herself may become a character in the feature.