Scribe Christopher Hampton recently chatted with Collider and mentioned some new details about “Tokyo Rose,” the Iva Toguri D’Aquino biopic that filmmaker Frank Darabont has on his upcoming slate:
“[It’s] based on the story of Tokyo Rose, who was a Japanese American woman who was arrested in Tokyo right after the War, brought back to San Francisco, put on trial for radio propaganda and sentenced to eight years imprisonment and she was completely innocent. It was all a witch hunt. She was absolutely innocent and eventually – in the 70’s – she was given a Presidential Pardon by President Ford” he says.
He goes on to talk a bit about the writing process – “I started off with a two hundred and something page screenplay because there was so much material and her trial happened to be the longest and most expensive in American legal history at the time – in the late 40’s. There were 54 volumes of trail transcripts, six thousand pages. So it’s all been…I’m slowly… the contours of the story are beginning to emerge and I’m starting to know what I can throw away and what I have to keep and what I don’t need.”
Finally, he confirms that Darabont plans to shoot the project after finishing his long-awaited adaptation of the Ray Bradbury classic “Fahrenheit 451”