Fourteen-year-old Reena Virk was an Indian immigrant living in B.C. who rebelled against her parents' strict, Jehovah Witness practices and tried to fit in with her L.A. gang-influenced classmates. Ostracized, she accepted an invitation to a party near a bridge, presumably hoping to be befriend her peers. There, she was approached by seven girls and one boy, who proceeded to beat her, snub out smokes on her arm and try to light her hair on fire -- all for some rumors and an allegation that she stole a girl's phone book. When it was over, she stumbled away from the group, only to be dragged back by Warren Glowatski and Kelly Ellard, who further beat and then drowned her.

It's not the most uplifting story, but it's one that Reese Witherspoon'sType A Films is currently developing from a true-crime book by Rebecca Godfrey, who hailed from the area. Under the Bridge delves not only into the murder, but also the girls and cliques responsible for it, as well as the murder trials for Glowatski, who received life in prison in 1999, and Ellard, who received life in prison after her third trial. There is no word on who will write the screenplay, but Godfrey might play a character in the film -- whether Reese will as well hasn't been determined. Thirteen and Nativity Story helmer Catherine Hardwicke is in talks to take the director's chair. That should give it a better chance than the last Canadian true crime to hit the screens -- Karla. Any bets that the Chili Peppers song will be featured in the film? "Under the bridge downtown, I gave my life away..."
categories Movies, Cinematical