Winterbottom, Firth Team For Murder

Controversial filmmaker Michael Winterbottom (“The Killer Inside Me,” “9 Songs”) and actor Colin Firth look to be re-teaming for a fictional drama based on the infamous murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007 reports The Guardian (via The Playlist)

20-year-old American student Amanda Knox was sentenced to 26 years in jail in December for murder and sexual violence against her British roommate Kercher in a house share in Perugia, Italy in 2007. Her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and small-time drug dealer Rudy Guede were also convicted for being in on the assault and killing.

The trial caused much media debate, especially in the U.S., about the fairness of the Italian legal system. Winterbottom is currently in Perugia, Italy researching the story in which Firth will play a journalist covering the murder.

Winterbottom plans to shoot the film along the lines of his docudrama “A Mighty Heart” and will explore the media’s reaction to the case more than the death itself. The film is not to be confused with the Lifetime telemovie based on the story with “Heroes” star Hayden Panettiere starring.

Production is a while off though as Winterbottom’s next project is the Israel-founding drama “The Promised Land” starring Colin Firth, Jim Sturgess and Matthew Macfayden.