After having been covered by four documentaries (the Paradise Lost trilogy by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, plus West of Memphis by Peter & Fran Jackson), the West Memphis 3 case now gets its fictionalized big screen treatment.
Devil's Knot tells the now infamous story of the wrongful conviction of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley charged with killing three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in the 1990s.
The thriller centers on private investigator Ron Lax (played by pictured above and below courtesy of EW) who worked for the defendants pro bono when they first headed to trial in 1993.
There has been some controversy about the movie already, as Damien Nichols has called the screenplay "not very well written at all" and critized the focus on Lax, in reality a "fringe character". His co-defendant and friend Jason Baldwin, on the other hand, has served as an executive producer on the project.
It'll be interesting to see how Nichols' accusations will be adressed by those who know the case after the movie has been seen.
From a stricly cinematic perspective the thriller appears highly promising with a top-notch cast (, , and ) and a director well-versed in artful thrillers ( directed The Sweet Hereafter, Ararat and Where the Truth Lies).
Devil's Knot will premiere in Toronto Film Festival September 8.