Jodi Arias Murder Trial News Update: Production Company Plans to Make Jodi Arias Movie Based on Her Perspective
A Northern California production company has sealed the deal to produce a movie that will tell Jodi Arias' side of the story.
In May 2013, the 33-year-old waitress was found guilty of the first-degree murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, who was murdered in his suburban Phoenix, Arizona home in 2008. According to medical examiners, Arias stabbed him 27 times, primarily in the back, torso and heart. She also slit Alexander's throat from ear to ear, nearly decapitating him, and shot him in the face before she dragged his bloodied corpse to the shower where she left him crumpled over. In total, the killing was done in a little less than two minutes.
Filled with salacious stories of sex, lies and murder, the highly-publicized trial captivated the nation for five months. Arias has also spoken to several news organizations about the night of the murder and her motive in killing the 30-year-old salesman.
Now, those fascinated with this horror story will get the chance to see what happened through Arias' eyes. According to RadarOnline.com, Gary Nelson of Splash Hit Productions secured exclusive rights to the life story of Jodi Arias on May 1, 2014, and his plans to turn it into a feature film are in the works.
"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, exclusively.
"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 thousand dollar 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."
Nelson continued, "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."
He added that Arias "really wants to get her story out" and that "she's hellbent on telling the truth."
Unlike the Lifetime Channel's made-for-TV movie, "Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret," Nelson plans to turn his movie into a feature film and is soliciting Angelina Jolie for the starring role.
"I'm reaching out to Angelina Jolie. And depending on if she'd be willing to do it, would market what caliber the film is, if it ends up in the box office," he said.
Nelson also spoke about the murder of Alexander, saying, "I think Jodi, and no fault of her own, was in love with the thought of being in love. She was out searching for something. Had they not met, I don't think we'd be sitting here talking. I think this was something that took two sides to complete," he told Radar.
"I can assure you and I assured Jodi, I'm not here to write some fluffy cute story. If you want to tell me the truth, you tell me the truth. And I'm going to ask her some really pointed questions."
As a convicted killer, Arias would not be able to financially profit from the movie's earnings due to the Son of Sam law.
Although she was convicted of murder, jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision on her sentencing. As a result, a retrial is set for Sept. 8 to determine whether or not she should be sentenced to death, life in prison or life with a chance of release after serving 25 years, Reuters reported.