Convict angered by Dornhelm’s movie project
A famed Austrian director faces fresh pressure over a controversial film project portraying the life of a brutal killer.Robert Dornhelm is at the ready to direct “The Amanda Knox Story”, a TV movie drama about US student Amanda Knox who was jailed for 26 years in a prison in Perugia, Italy, for the brutal murder of British flatmate Meredith Kercher.Now Raffaele Sollecito jailed for 25 years for his part in the crime which occurred in Perugia three years ago announced concerns the film could harm legal appeals he and Knox, his ex- girlfriend are making against their convictions.The Italians layer Luca Maori said today (Fri): “We dont have the final verdict in this case yet. If the film is ready before the appeal is over, we will seek a court injunction to prevent it being aired.”The 21-year-old victims dad John Kercher said recently: “I don’t like the idea of a film based on Meredith’s death. Seeing it graphically portrayed ( ) is a horrible thought.””Heroes” star Hayden Panettiere is due to play Knox in the movie. “Law & Order” producer Wendy Battles will write the screenplay.Romanian-born Dornhelm created acclaimed 2001 TV series “Anne Frank: The Whole Story”. His documentary film “The Children of Theatre Street” was awarded for an Oscar in 1978.