Thursday, May 23, 2024

West Memphis 3 Movie, with 2 Oscar Winners and 24 Producers, Vanishes


“Devil’s Knot” is missing.

The narrative feature film about the saga of the West Memphis 3 has disappeared completely. Directed by Atom Egoyan, “Devil’s Knot” starred two Best Actor/Actress winners– Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon. It also boasts no fewer than 24 producers and executive producers– possibly a record.

According to various movie websites, “Devil’s Knot” opened in limited release on May 9th. That’s a month ago. But there is no listing for it on On the Internet Movie Database, there is no evidence of any money made at the box office. The film was un-rated. No numbers means the distributor never reported them because they were so embarrassingly low.

The DVD will be released on Tuesday, it turns out. That was fast. And mysterious.

“Devil’s Knot” premiered in September 2012 at the Toronto Film Festival. Bad reviews? An understatement. “Devil’s Knot” rated a charitable 23% on Rotten Tomatoes.That’s not so bad. Adam Sandler’s movies get lower numbers.

The people involved knew nothing about a much publicized case. They even didn’t know how to dramatize the four “Paradise Lost” documentaries made by Joe Berlinger. The film was a total mistake, and a waste of time.

No one wanted to release it. That job fell to Image Entertainment, also releasing “All Cheerleaders Die” this year. They are somewhere below “B” movies, around “D”.

The $15 million budget is a complete write off for scandal-plagued Worldview Entertainment. One of their principals, Christopher Woodrow, listed as an executive producer on the film, resigned from the company last week under a dark cloud of rumors of personal malfeasance.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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