Casey Anthony coming to a television set near you
Television networks are gearing up for a possible TV movie based on the new book by retired Florida prosecutor Jeff Ashton.
Casey Anthony might be coming to a television screen near you. A new film is in the works to tell the story of the Florida mom and the disappearance that led to the untimely death of her 2-year-old daughter in 2008.
A few names attached to the project suggest that the film, currently titled Imperfect Justice, has a good shot at making it to television screens. The script will be written by Emmy winner Alison Cross of Roe vs. Wade. She will be an executive producer with Jean Abounader, who has made many TV movies, and Michelle Manning of 16 Candles.
Jurors acquitted Anthony in July of the killing of her daughter, Caylee, and she was released from prison. Caylee's disappearance made national headlines and sparked a frantic search. Anthony initially claimed the child was kidnapped by a nanny, but investigators determined no such person ever existed.
Lead defense attorney Jose Baez claimed in opening statements that Anthony's father, George, had molested her for years, and that when Caylee drowned accidentally in a pool, George Anthony disposed of the body and made his daughter cover up for him.
George Anthony and other members of the family denied this claim and Casey never took the stand.
"I have seen my share of liars, but never one quite like this," Ashton writes in his book, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Ashton contends the prosecution had a very strong case, but said it was somewhat undermined before the jury because Anthony's mother, Cindy, "was in denial about her daughter on a colossal scale."
Fox TV Studios has optioned the rights to the book, titled Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony though no television studio has given the green light to the film yet. Ashton's book hit stores Tuesday.
There was also talk that Anthony herself might write a book, but so far we haven't seen anything from the formally accused child killer.
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