McCann's to make Madeleine film?
There's a report in one of the daily UK tabloids that the parents of Madeleine McCann are in negotiations to make a film about her disappearance.
The "source" for the paper claims that the deal would involve the people behind Touching the Void, the documentary about the two British climbers caught in horrendous circumstances.
According to the source quoted by The Daily Mail, the McCanns are currently talking with the international talent agency IMG for representation, although I'm not entirely sure where the Touching the Void team area pulled into this as at the moment it seems they are merely seeking representation for pitches to be made to film-makers and studios.
The source is quoted by the paper as saying:
"If the media are prepared to make donations, we will take the money. There are a few propositions out there…
…We have had a couple of large companies involved in the film industry approach us about a long-term deal. IMG and the production company behind Touching The Void have approached Kate and Gerry. They have sent them a tape to watch to see the sort of film they make. We have only had a preliminary discussion…
…The million-pound film deal is possible. It is the sort of thing we would look at seriously because in one fell swoop we could resolve the funding of the search overnight."
So it becomes a little clearer. As yet there is no deal made with the team, but that they have approached the McCanns to discuss the idea of a film, however they are as yet unable to until the Portuguese police remove their status as official suspects, something that there is no sign of happening just yet.
The couple's lawyers are applying for their status to be removed following a new set of interviews which are planned with the couple.
The parents claim that Madeleine was abducted from their holiday apartment while they had dinner in a nearby restaurant. The disappearance happened some eight months ago and various witnesses claim to have seen a man taking a young child away from the scene.
I'm really torn about this and whether a film should be made so soon, especially with an open case such as this and considering Hollywood's reputation with historical fact in film.
If any case comes before the courts in the future, is it likely to lead to a biased jury? Should the film be left until after the case is resolved or is any publicity, and money, well worth it?