A California production company wants to make a feature film about the life story of Jodi Arias.
Arias has been convicted of killing her former boyfriend Travis Alexander and is currently in jail awaiting sentencing.
The jury couldn’t decide whether to sentence Arias to death or to jail for life (with or without parole).
A new jury will be chosen in September under Arizona law, as prosecutors seek the death penalty.
Gary nelson of Splash Hit Productions says that he’s secured the rights to Arias’ life story through 2017.
“I basically corresponded with her a couple times. I wanted to know what her story was and after we got to talking, her and her team trusted me and believed that I could take this to the next level,” Nelson told Radar Online.
“I’m in the process of a screenplay told from her eyes, what she has to say. People have seen what’s out there movie wise and the court proceeding and whatnot, but the $50,000 question is why? What happened and what were they thinking. I think there’s a lot people want to know, and I want to give Jodi an opportunity to tell her story.”
The deal involved no exchange of money because Arias can’t legally profit from publicity of her crime since she’s been convicted.
“I’ve gathered quite a bit of information from family and friends, her legal team, and people who knew her. I’m just compiling facts and getting all the info I need and then I will sit down with Jodi,” Nelson said.
“I have a decent relationship with Jodi’s family and she’s nice to me. Jodi is Jodi. Her own type of person. I’m sure her biggest concern is the predicament she’s currently in. She really wants to get her story out. She’s hellbent on telling the truth.”
He has watched the Lifetime Channel’s TV movie about Arias but wants his film on the big screen. He also wants Angelina Jolie to star as Arias.
“I don’t want to bring in unknowns to do this,” he said.