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Amanda Knox Movie: One Family's Nightmare, One Network's Dream

Meredith Kercher

Tonight, Lifetime will air its controversial movie: Amanda Knox: Murder in Italy. The film details the murder of Meredith Kercher, a London native who was a flatmate of Knox back in 2007. The two were both studying abroad in Italy where Kercher was found murdered on November 1. Knox, along with Rudy Hermann Guede and Raffaele Sollecito, was convicted of the murder. Her defense team has appealed that verdict. Amanda’s supporters claim that she was wrongfully convicted.

I won’t even bother going into the facts. They are too detailed (not to mention frequently debated) to do much good. But I will say this: there seems to be as many people who are convinced of Knox’s innocence as are convinced of her guilt. So I won’t even pose the question of her guilt or innocence in this post. Instead, I’ll pose this:

Does there really need to be a movie about it? Does Lifetime really need to dump salt in the wound of all the families affected by the tragedy? Because it seems to me that the bumbling, stumbling Italian legal process, as well as the bloodthirsty media have done enough of that to last, well, a Lifetime.

USA Today reports that Hayden Panettiere, who portrays Knox in the Lifetime movie, is making the rounds today on the talk-show circuit. She told Rachel Ray: “Guilty or innocent, I think what [Italian officials] did to her was and is horrible. I mean you look at the girl and they just made such an example out of her in my opinion. … Here we are innocent until proven guilty and over there you’re guilty until proven innocent which, you know, can really throw you for a whirl.”

But I doubt that popular contention — namely that Italian officials have mishandled the entire case — was what drove Lifetime to do this movie. Instead it was something Panettiere revealed on another talk show that was likely at the heart of the network’s decision. The young actress was asked if she thought Knox was guilty or not on Live with Regis and Kelly. “I’m really torn. I genuinely have no idea.”

That’s the reason why Lifetime decided to tell the Amanda Knox story. Because everyone loves a good scandal. Except, of course, the family stuck in the middle of it. Regardless of whether or not Knox is innocent, I think Lifetime is guilty of poor judgement for airing this story before the appeal has even been heard. It’s too much, too soon.

To her family, Amanda Knox’s legal woes are a nightmare. To Lifetime, they’re a dream come true. A dream with very high ratings. If you’re interested, you can check out the preview of the Amanda Knox movie by clicking HERE.

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