Good Fear Films is developing a film about the legal battle that followed the 1971 prisoner revolt at the Attica Correctional Facility.
The life rights to Elizabeth Fink, the lead counsel in the federal civil rights case, and ex-con Frank ‘Big Black’ Smith have been obtained by the company.
In 1974, Fink filed a $2.8 billion civil suit on behalf of inmates against prison guards for torture and abuse during the riot. The revolt left 33 prisoners, and 10 corrections officers and civil employees dead at the maximum-security state prison in western New York. Fink won a $12 million settlement from the state in 2000.
Kristen Buckley has been hired to adapt the script which will look at Fink and Smith’s work to expose the state cover-up of prisoner abuse. The project will also have access to key players and documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Chris Bender and Jake Weiner set to produce.