Picking Cotton to become a film
Picking Cotton is the memoir of Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, a woman who was raped, identified a man who was sent to prison for life, and released after eleven years due to DNA testing.
The surprising thing was not that he wasn't guilty, but that he and Jennifer Thompson-Cannino then became friends and travelled the country promoting and educating on the flaws of the judicial system.
Now in all the stories I've posted up on the Facebook Filmstalker page today that talk about the dull and lifeless stories to be made into films, and here we are with something that has some depth, meaning and purpose to it.
Todd Komarnicki seems a strange choice to adapt the story of Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, but he has, and Kenny Leon has been assigned to direct the film as his feature début, a man who is known for Broadway direction than his film, although he has directed a television film and various episodes of television shows, all of which led him to want to direct a feature.
Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape, and eventually positively identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken-- but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars. After eleven years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released, after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed. Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face-- and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives.
In their own words, Jennifer and Ronald unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy, and challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness.
It's an incredible story, and what I hope from the non-expected screenwriter and director is that we get a non-expected Hollywood film, hopefully something that's very true to their story and can end up educating as well as entertaining.