TORONTO – Canadian distributor Remstar Films has picked up the Canadian rights to Atom Egoyan‘s feature take on the case of the West Memphis Three, , which stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth.
Montreal-based Remstar plans a 2013 domestic release for the film that delves into the brutal 1993 Arkansas murders of three eight-year-old boys, for which Jessie Misskelley Jr., Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin were ultimately convicted.
The deal with CAA, which handles the North American rights on , will see Entertainment One handle rights in all media for the film in Canada in partnership with Remstar, excluding theatrical, VOD and French-language TV rights in Quebec.
Based on Mara Leveritt’s nonfiction book , the film follows the imprisoned trio’s legal fight to prove their innocence and obtain their freedom.
Following 18 years in jail, the three men were released in August 2011.
a Fowler-Saperstein-Peterson Production, also stars Dane DeHaan and Amy Ryan.
Directed by Egoyan, the feature is written by Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson.