The family of a murdered British student is slamming a plan to make a Lifetime movie about her American roommate Amanda Knox, who was convicted of killing her in Italy.
“Heroes” actress Hayden Panettiere is lined up to play Seattle native Knox in the film, which will air in 2011 on the women’s cable network.
Knox, 23, and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, were found guilty last year of killing 21-year-old Meredith Kercher by slashing her throat with a knife during a violent, drug-fueled sex game. Rudy Guede, a local barman originally from the Ivory Coast, was found guilty of her death in a separate trial.
Her father John Kercher told Tuesday's Daily Mirror, "I don't like the idea of a film based on Meredith's death. Seeing it graphically portrayed on the big screen is a horrible thought."
Prosecutors called Knox a "coiled spring" filled with vengeance because her "prissy roommate" had criticized her grooming and sexual habits.
After an 11-month trial, Knox was convicted of murder, sexual assualt and other charges in Italy and sentenced to 26 years in prison.
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), from Knox’s home state, criticized the verdict saying she had “serious questions about the Italian justice system and whether anti-Americanism tainted this trial."
All three verdicts are currently on appeal.