Well, apparently truth ISN'T stranger than fiction, according to Hollywood.
Chris Columbus' ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Percy Jackson") production company, 1492, and ro*co productions announced over the weekend a new kind of deal in which they will purchase documentary films in order to turn them into fictional films.
The deal was announced Saturday in Park City as well as their first project, a fictionalized version of the 2011 Sundance doc, "Crime After Crime" (pictured above)
The film followed two fresh-out-of-law-school attorneys as they try to get a woman out of prison 20 years after being sentenced for murdering the man who abused her.
Michael Barnathan, president of 1492 Pictures, said in a release: "This extraordinary documentary has great potential as a narrative feature film. We have made films that began as ideas, books, plays, and screenplays. While this will be our first documentary-to-dramatic-feature adaptation project, we certainly hope it is not our last. ro*co has an uncanny ability to find and attract great documentary works and filmmakers."
This announcement comes the same weekend when HBO and producer Scott Rudin announced that they would turn this year's documentary, "Indie Game: The Movie" into a half-hour fictionalized HBO series.
- Vince Horiuchi
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