KOMO News reports today that the families of both Knox and murder victim Meredith Kercher are furious over the upcoming release of Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, which stars Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere and premieres Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.
The Kercher family lawyer:
"It is inopportune as the trial is still on going with two further appeals," said Francesco Maresca.
And the Knox family lawyer:
Carlo Della Vedova said in an interview, "We find it very inopportune that a film is being made when the case is still active and an appeal's taking place."
Knox is currently ankle-deep in an appeals trial over her 2009 murder and sexual-assault conviction, and things are seemingly going well. Recently Antonio Curatolo, the Santa Claus-looking homeless man who testified that he saw Knox and her boyfriend/co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito on the night of the murder, was charged with heroin dealing and outed as having questionable recollections of the night in question.
The film itself has scenes with Knox having sex with both Sollecito and the third person convicted in the case, Rudy Hermann Guede, and at one point it shows Knox grabbing Kercher. No input was given to the film by Knox herself, who was denied a visit by the show's producer by Italian authorities. So it's not surprising that both sides think the film is in poor taste.
But judging by the plethora of news stories now out about the movie and the buzz on social media, plenty of people will be tuning in.