- (Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi)
The Lifetime movie based on the true story of Amanda Knox, who was acquitted Monday for the murder of Meredith Kercher in Italy, will now include a brief update based on the trial’s final verdict.
The made-for-TV movie, "Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy," which first aired Feb. 21, is scheduled to be re-aired Tuesday, with an added new brief opening to the movie based on recent developments, TV Guide reports.
According to a spokesman from Lifetime, the updated movie will include the final court ruling of not guilty due to unreliable DNA evidence in the Knox trial.
The 24-year-old Knox, who is played by Hayden Panettiere in the movie, was arrested for the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2007 in the Italian town of Perugia. In 2009, Knox was convicted to 26 years in prison along with her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, who also received a 25-year jail time.
The movie’s original air date in February caused controversy due to its inaccurate portrayal of Amanda Knox, according to her family and her attorneys. Knox’s attorneys demanded that Lifetime pull the movie and remove trailers because of the ongoing trial at the time.
Later, Lifetime changed the trailer of the movie, in which Italian prosecutors saying, “Under the angel face, she is capable of anything,” was replaced with Knox saying, “They say that I’m calm. But I’m not calm. I’m scared of having the mask of an assassin forced on to me. … Meredith was my friend. I would never hurt her. My conscience is clean.”
The movie will air multiple times during the week and will also air on Lifetime’s sister channel, Lifetime Network, on Thursday. So far there have been no statements made on whether or not the movie will be followed by a sequel in light of the Monday’s acquittal.