October 15, 2013 at 9:08 AM
You knew it was coming: A ‘based on’ Amanda Knox movie
British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom’s resume is interesting and varied: comedies, often with Steve Coogan (“The Trip,” “Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story,” “24 Hour Party People”), international dramas (“A Mighty Heart,” “In This World,” “Welcome to Sarajevo,” “Trishna”), documentaries (“The Road to Guantanamo,” “The Shock Doctrine”) and many more. Now, he’s taking on a story close to home — our home, anyway. His new film “The Face of an Angel” is based on a book called “Angel Face” by Barbie Latza Nadeau — and that book‘s subtitle is “Sex, Murder and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox.” It’s not clear how closely Winterbottom’s film, scripted by Paul Viragh, will follow the true story of the Seattle student who served four years in an Italian prison for murder before her sentence was overturned. What is known is that Cara Delevingne will play the suspect in a murder, Kate Beckinsale plays a journalist, and Daniel Bruhl (who’s hot this fall, appearing in “Rush” and “The Fifth Estate”) a documentary filmmaker also following the case. Production will be in Tuscany, and “The Face of an Angel” is being produced by BBC Films. Stay tuned.