Talk about serendipity. The release of the West Memphis Three murder defendants from prison on Friday has added a happy ending to the third 'Paradise Lost' documentary by filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who were finishing off their film in preparation for unspooling at the Toronto and New York film festivals.
It turns out that -- below the radar -- Dimension Films, the genre arm of The Weinstein Co., had been preparing a film on the case since 2006, when they bought the rights to Mara Leveritt's book 'Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three.' The studio hired Scott Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman to write the script. But the production was put into turnaround and languished until a few months ago, when director Atom Egoyan came onboard and began rewriting the script with Boardman.