The Hollywood Reporter
Mike Doyle, Erin Cummings, and Sean Patrick Flanery have all nabbed themselves lead roles in The Last Word, a paranormal thriller being directed by Simon Rumley (Red White & Blue). If you’re unfamiliar with this eerie and true story, man, you need to right that wrong ASAP!
A7SLE Films principals Peter Facinelli and Rob DeFranco, along with Eric Gores and Frank Mancuso Jr. of Boss Media, are producing the project, which began shooting in Shreveport, LA., this week. 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.
Look for more on this one soon.
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