What do you do if you're a pair of filmmakers who have taken up a cause for 15 years, made two films defending a trio of men you felt had been wrongly convicted of murder, have a third film almost in the can, and events catch up with you? Well, you race to add a new ending -- a happy one, you hope.
That's the scenario facing Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who co-directed 'Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills' (1996) and 'Paradise Lost 2: Revelations' (2000), which documented the trial and controversial convictions of three teenagers for the grisly murders of three 8-year-old boys in 1993 in West Memphis, Arkansas. Just before the third film, 'Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,' was set to unspool at the Toronto International and New York Film Festivals -- before a premiere on HBO in November -- word came down that a judge has called a surprise hearing for Friday concerning the trio. According to Reuters, the announcement on Thursday fueled speculation among supporters that the hearing could mean good news -- possibly a new trial and release from prison.