A Newtown movie is already in the works, with a director traveling to Connecticut to prepare a television movie based on events surrounding the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The director, Jonathan Burci, said he planned a visit to Ridgefield, a town about 20 miles southwest of Newtown. The director said he chose that town because it looked like Newtown, and he didn’t want to upset Newtown residents a little more than a month before the shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, The Associated Press noted.
The Newtown movie still wasn’t sitting well with Ridgefield residents, though. The superintendent of Ridgefield schools, Deborah Low, said the timing of Bucari’s project is poor.
According to the Facebook page for the film company, Demian Productions, the movie is about the fate of a 13-year-old boy with mental illness, and “the ever-growing fear of his parents after they learn about the shooting in Newtown in December 2012.”
After a report from WITV about the Newtown movie, Burci noted that the film isn’t about the shooting itself.
“Dear friends, after yesterday’s report about the film, I would like to clarify one very important point. We are not doing a movie about what happened in Newtown and will never do so. We are doing a non-profit film about mental illness. Our objective is to help families with kids struggling with mental illness. I thank you again for all your support,” the Facebook page stated.
There still seem to be significant obstacles for the Newtown movie. Ridgefield FIrst Selectman Rudy Marconi said the production company would not be welcome to film in the town.