An O.J. Simpson TV movie centered around his murder trial is reportedly in the works at FOX.
The former actor and football star was accused of murdering wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman back in the 90s. The infamous trial will now be adapted into a made-for-television movie from the writers of The People vs. Larry Flint.
The O.J. Simpson movie is reportedly based on the book The Run of His Life: The People vs O.J. Simpson by author Jeffrey Toobin. The tome was released back in 1997, roughly one year after the not guilty verdict was handed down.
FOX made the announcement about the miniseries on Wednesday. The network said the project “will take viewers behind the scenes of ‘The Trial of the Century,’ driven by the nonstop plot of a courtroom thriller and presenting the story of the trial as it has never been told.”
FX Productions will spearhead the project. The People vs. Larry Flint and Man in the Moon writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will help bring the feature to life on the small screen.
Although the court case took place back in the 90s, people are still fascinated by it. FOX is hoping this continued interest in the trial will draw people to the proposed O.J. Simpson movie.
“Everybody remembers where they were when O.J. Simpson, riding in a white Bronco, led the police on a low-speed chase all over Los Angeles,” FOX said in a recent statement.
It’s currently believed that FOX will add the miniseries to its schedule for sometime in 2014. The network is also putting together an adaptation of the classic 1975 novel Shogun by James Clavell. This project is also expected to arrive next year.
“They’re riveting and emotional, with unique historic backdrops that lend themselves to the high-quality, dramatic event series we’re looking to make,” the network said. “We’re ecstatic to have feature talent like Michael De Luca, Nigel Williams, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson working to bring these stories to life at Fox.”
Simpson is currently serving 33 years for kidnapping and armed robbery.
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