Oh, swell: There’s going to be an O.J. Simpson movie
blog by Ben Kirst • June 29, 2013 @ 12:35pm
With the horrific Aaron Hernandez murder allegations continuing to stun and electrify the public, perhaps now is the appropriate time for another O.J. Simpson movie.
Word on the street is that director Joshua Newton (whose most recent film, 2009’s Iron Cross, was the final movie in the late Roy Scheider’s extensive Hollywood career) has wrangled a $65 million budget and the services of British newcomer Charlotte Kirk for ‘An American Mystery,’ a film that will offer “startling facts” and a “fresh perspective” regarding the infamous 1994 murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
From Entertainment Weekly:
“In the announcement Newton said: ‘‘An American Mystery’ has the capacity to challenge entrenched attitudes on a topic that has inspired visceral reactions for almost a generation.’ He added: ‘Our goal is to lay bare the facts and have the audience reach their own conclusions.’”
The movie is being financed by Forsport Entertainment. Kirk, who recently completed work on the soon-to-be-released film ‘Non-Stop’ with Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore, will play Brown Simpson. The expected release date of ‘An American Mystery’ is summer 2014—just in time for the 20th anniversary of Simpson’s arrest and subsequent ‘trial of the century.’
A report in Entertainment Weekly earlier this year noted that Fox is filming a Simpson-related mini-series, ‘The People vs. O.J. Simpson.’
Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985, Simpson had a remarkable college career at the University of Southern California and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1969. Simpson rushed for 10,183 yards with the Bills, scoring 57 touchdowns in 112 games. He finished his career with the San Francisco 49ers. He is currently serving a 33-year sentence in Nevada for his conviction in a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping incident.