Lifetime to amend Amanda Knox movie in the wake of acquittal
"Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy," which first aired on the television network in February, has Hayden Panettiere playing Knox, who traveled to Italy to study abroad in 2007. While overseas, Knox's roommate was murdered and the Seattle-bred student was two years later charged with killing her.
In 2009, Knox began serving a 26-year sentence in prison. But on Monday, a jury threw out the murder conviction and a sobbing Knox was immediately set free to return to America.
Accordingly, a spokesperson for Lifetime said that the film centering on Knox's trial will now be altered. Going forward, whenever the picture airs on the network, it will be accompanied by several sentences explaining the latest turn in the case, which will appear before and after the film. The updated rebroadcast of the movie will air for the first time Tuesday evening.
Through her manager, Panettiere declined to comment on the Knox verdict.
The move comes on the heels of a similar instance with the HBO movie "Paradise Lost: Purgatory." The film, about the recently-freed West Memphis Three, is being retooled after the men were released from prison in August.
— Amy Kaufman
Photo: Hayden Panettiere stars in "Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy." Credit: Lifetime.