The Hollywood Reporter
The feature film version of the startling documentary The Last Word has found itself a director in Simon Rumley (The ABCs of Death, Red White & Blue), and we have your details right here.
THR reports that Rumley has been tapped to direct the paranormal-themed project, which is based on some of the single most compelling and frightening actual events you’re ever likely to hear about. The Last Word is inspired by the tragic and true story of Johnny Frank Garrett (pictured). Ben Ketai, who’s currently directing Beneath for Revolver Pictures, wrote the script.
The project is set for a summer 2014 release. The story will focus on the tragic(!) aftermath endured by the participants in the trial of Garrett in Texas, where he was wrongly convicted and executed for the rape and murder of a nun. To further elaborate, here’s the synopsis of the 2008 documentary film by writer/director Jesse Quackenbush.
A clash between good and evil strikes up on the High Plains of Texas when Johnny Frank Garrett, a 17-year-old retarded boy, is arrested, convicted and ultimately executed for the rape, mutilation and murder of 76-year-old nun Sister Tadea Benz. Garrett claimed his innocence from the time of his arrest until his dying breath. Sixteen years after Garrett’s execution new evidence rose up from the cold case grave of the Amarillo Police Department, proving they executed the wrong man! During interviews with key players the case unfolds like a recipe for executing the innocent. In Garrett’s final statement he professed his innocence one last time but did so in a voice driven by hate and vengeance.
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