Hayden Panettiere to portray Amanda Knox
September 21st, 2010
05:07 PM ET

Hayden Panettiere to portray Amanda Knox

Lifetime has plans to bring the story of Amanda Knox to the small screen, and “Heroes” star Hayden Panettiere will play the lead, according to Variety.

Knox, who as a U.S. student studying abroad in Italy was convicted of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher, is currently serving a 26-year prison sentence. The film, Variety reports, will follow the events that surrounded the headline-grabbing trial.

“The Amanda Knox Story” comes from the same folks who brought you Discovery's “Dirty Jobs,” and is in fact the production company's first scripted project.

The movie is expected to debut on Lifetime sometime next year.

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  1. skdsd12


    November 20, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wanderere


    Golmaal 3

    November 15, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. a person

    ummm, exuse me but i believe that Amanda is innocent folks! i mean, be honest.! there wasnt enough evidence to actually prove she did it. you cant just SUSPECT she did it. espcially since the jury system goes by guilty until proven innocent! you dont have hardly a chance to be heard. And think about the hours of questioning. OF COURSE U'D THINK SHE WOULD SAY A FEW THINGS WRONG! i mean, HOURS! and i think justice wasnt served due to the lame amount of evidence. there was NOTHING on meredith's body or around her(DNA wise) and so there is completely NO proof she did it. i can be on the other side and realize if she did kill Meredith Kercher, then i would feel bad for saying that i think she was actually innocent. But with my RELIABLE reserch on her for a power point presentation and essay, i believe she is innocent and they put some 23 year old girl in jail for 26 years. When she gets out she will be 49. Think about all those years in jail and ur guilty JUST BECAUSE OF THE WAY COURT WORKS IN ITALY! that is a HUGE mistake there!

    October 19, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nicey

    would be nice to watch her

    Online movies

    October 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Elvira

    (Guede was wearing gloves until after he killed Meredith)
    A lot of hard work is required to penetrate the spaghetti curtain (smoke screen) to understand what happened, but what happened is very simple. Guede was desperate for money. Recently the cops caught him with items he stole from a law office!!! Guede watched the girl's secluded apartment several days, then Nov 1, 2007, around 8 pm (his 1st arrival is recorded on CCTV cam) he busted the window then ran away to prevent getting caught in case someone heard the glass break and called the police. Soon he returned (his 2nd arrival is recorded on CCTV cam) and climbed in the window shortly before Meredith unexpectedly came home (her arrival at her apartment driveway is recorded on CCTV cam). He was plundering Filomena's room when he needed to use the toilet. When he heard Meredith come in the door he got quiet. She walked to her bedroom (grabbing Amanda's lamp on the way) not knowing he was there. She called her mom at 8:56 pm then seconds later he surprise attacked her, interrupting the call before her mom could answer (before call data could be recorded). Guede ended the call and soon he ended her life. He acted alone out of greed and desperation.

    September 24, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mikey

    Hayden is cute and she likes to save dolphins.
    Go see The Town this weekend.

    September 23, 2010 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chef PharmD

    If the wounds didn't match the "murder weapon" and her blood wasn't present at the scene, how can she be guilty of this?? Ugh, horrible. It's no shocker that everyone has ignored your reply except for me, Mr. Vasson. Very interesting book...


    September 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nedermeyer

    You're all worthless and weak. Now drop and give me 20!

    September 22, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. unherd330

    Let's get this straight people obama took over office and it wasn't in great shape it took bush 8 years to mess it up its going to take more than 2 or 3 years to fix......everyone is hurting at this time in this economy but let's not forget we put bush into office not once but twice!! So let's give obama a chance takes time and again we put him in office too so we are responsible in all this mess as well.....

    September 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jimmy L

    Obama is a great president. Obama haters are just mindless tools of the Teabag Party and GOP propaganda machine. Turning around the economy that was destroyed by Wallstreet greed (that took place on Bush's clueless watch)takes time. BTW Amanda knox is a criminal and she represents why the world hates us. She thought she's above the law in a sovereign nation.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • will dweezy

      Just out of curiosity, what makes Obama a "great president [sic]"? I'm not saying he is a bad or even mediocre President, it's just that you seem quite confident that Obama's critics are "mindless tools of the Teabag party and GOP propaganda". But without points to back up your claim you come off looking just as mindless as any other impassioned, but misguided Obama apologist.

      September 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Susan

    Yeah sorry to say but alot of these people are right.. the evidence is there. I strongly believe she is guilty.

    September 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shelly Jo

    IT ISNT ABOUT IF HE IS BLACK OR WHITE GREEN OR YELLOW. Its about if he can handle running this country. My opinion is no. If he cared about this country ,it would be in better shape

    September 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. V

    it's hard to tell if she's guilty or not , but the Italian government is one of the most corrupt governments in the world! I am sure someone was paid a nice penny to find her guilty....

    September 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Romeo

    Jerry said "The judicial system of Italy is different than the US. Here, the trial is more "defendant friendly". Over there it is heavily favored toward the prosecution."

    Jerry, the exact opposite is true. Italian prosecutors have a number of tough hearings to get through, many judges are involved, even for murder charges most suspects get out on bail, juries are usually more upscale, there is the judges sentencing report where judges must put their careers on the line, and then there are two automatic appeals. Good system when you examine it.

    September 22, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. deaf man

    I dislikes Obama! I NEVER vote for him! Period! He's a stinky as a dirty gay monkey! ; )

    September 22, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  16. Jerry

    The judicial system of Italy is different than the US. Here, the trial is more "defendant friendly". Over there it is heavily favored toward the prosecution. So, she probably would not have been convicted in the US, but she isn't in the US and our rules don't apply there.

    September 22, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  17. star

    all of yo'll is too stuip

    September 22, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  18. NicholasVasson

    I just read MURDER IN ITALY by Candace Dempsey and many of you need to stop fabricating lies. Her DNA was nowhere; not in the blood, not in the bathroom's blood, not in the other bathroom's feces. Rudy Guede's fingerprints WERE found in Meredith's blood.Amanda smoked pot with Raffaele and detested other drugs as did he. She was not a spoiled girl, EVER, like the world press has made her look like. She worked two part-time jobs while at UW, one in Italy and often wrote in her diaries that she should focus on her studies in Italy & spend her $4,400 in savings while there instead of working. She & Raffaele also changed their stories because they were screamed at, beaten and denied any contact with lawyers or family contact until they "remembered properly." Also, the prosecutor, Mignini, has been convicted of corruption, tampering & intimidation and is still allowed to practice law there. SO, anyone who thinks there is the slightest inkling of a chance that she is guilty should do the world a favor and sew their fat mouths shut!

    September 22, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  19. erika williams

    I just find amusing how this blog was about Haydens new movie role and it turns into president bashing. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT HAPPEN EXCEPT THAT YOUNG L.DY. BUSH NOR OBAMA ARE TO BLAME. THAT YOUNG WOMEN HAS TO FACE HER DEMONS WHATEVER THEY BE. AS FOR Haydens new role, I think she will knock it out the box.

    September 22, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  20. foxey knoxey

    Ok ok. Enough already...I did it.

    September 22, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  21. yolanda

    Who cares. If Obama was not mix would we blame him for everything.Know we see how every American really feels about their USA PRESIDENT! Would u feel that way if he was ALL WHITE and NOT MIXED RACE!

    September 22, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  22. christon jackson

    People wake up Obama is Black stop the race card love each other after all this time but we call our selves Americans!!!

    September 22, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • TM

      First of all he is not 100% black and second what does any of this have to do with the article at hand. Get over the presidents and the race crap and move on.

      September 22, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  23. Liz

    Oh course someone would have to be ignorant and throw race in the mix. As far as Obama goes he is creepy and scares me that someone as crazy as him is runing our country! No one know for sure what happened except Amanda and her BF!

    September 22, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Steven Segal

      Someone's been listening to Rush Limbaugh. Oh sweetie, did you come up with that opinion all by yourself?

      If you're scared of Obama, you must have been hiding under your bed when Bush was running things.

      September 22, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  24. Stryker

    Northput I completely agree with you.

    September 22, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  25. northput

    Maybe we should just be an armchair nation. No matter what the problem just let people watch the tv and then take a nationwide vote on what is right and wrong. What is good for the country and is not. And we can all do it from our recliners. There is no one person to blame for our countries problems. It is each and every one of our faults it is the way it is now! That goes all the way from economic problems to justice problems. All because we complain about it all and refuse to get up out of our recliners and actually try and make a change and let our voices be heard! We deserve what ever we get if we do nothing to help and better ourselves.

    September 22, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  26. Pt100

    She is innocent. Someone came forward with evidence and the actual murder weapon. The murder weapon used in court did not match the wounds on the victim.

    September 22, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  27. Jim

    It's definitely obamas fault

    September 22, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  28. dimi1963

    I am Italian and the first to admit that the legal system thee is as slow as can get, but for what I understand the evideence against the two lovebirds, amnda and her boyfriend, were solid. I hope that justice was indeed served and let's not forget that a young girl lost her life in all this. RIP Meredith.

    September 22, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  29. Bill Brasky

    Amanda Knox is hot!

    September 22, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  30. guitarharry

    Whew! Thank God they're making this story into a movie...now we can all understand what REALLY happened. I can finally sleep.

    September 22, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  31. joy

    Obama is no idiot... Making a ton of mistakes?? Heck yeah! yeah!! Blames Bush for everything? and how! guess we have all learned to blame somebody else for every mistake we commit. Even when it makes you look like a fool in front of an entire nation.

    September 22, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  32. Sogeking

    Didn't this already happen on Heroes?

    September 22, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  33. yourmom

    @minkat: shut the eff up you blowhard!!!

    September 22, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  34. MiniKat

    And stop bringing Presidents into this, if u were about to murder someone ( or witness or whatever) Obama and/or America would not be the first thing on your mind.

    September 22, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  35. MiniKat

    If this were about a hispanic/black girl or any other minority, it would not be turned into a movie. Thats all I have to say.

    September 22, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  36. Lo

    What are you people talking about???!??? What does any of this have to do with Bush or Obama? I bet you idiots would find a way to bring up bush/obama if this was an article about a new space jam movie. Lame

    September 22, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  37. Chris Del

    Why are we so quick to call anyone anti-american, specially when defending murderers, it is because of people like you and this kinda talk that makes people not like us, use some common sence specially when speaking about a convicted murderer!

    September 22, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  38. les

    I can nnot believe you people defend some who murdered some one. And maybe our goverment does make mistake from time to time but who the hell don't? The readon people are held right now in other countries is for one they did something they got caught for or for two we simply can not just invade a country to rescue one or two people the goverment has to watch out for the well being of our country and the people here. Oh and throw your silly words around if you'd like but the president can not really do much with out the goverments agreeing on it. Get your face out of tv my gosh this the real world not a movie.

    September 22, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  39. dbritt

    No one knows what happened in that room that night except for those involved, so for anyone to state innocent or otherwise is purely speculation. And as far as Obama being at fault for anything she is involved in...well, he has screwed up everything else so it wouldn't be a surprise if he has failed here too.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • will dweezy

      How stupid are you?
      "No one knows what happened in that room that night except for those involved, so for anyone to state innocent or otherwise is purely speculation"
      Alright, your mongoloid moron grammar aside, what do you think the job of the court system is!?! Ummmm, oh yeah, weigh the evidence and facts and return a finding of guilty or not. The Italian court system did just that and said she's guilty. So for you to then say denying her innocence is "purely speculation", you are ignoring the purpose of LAW entirely and saying all courtroom criminal findings are "purely speculation". Is saying Timothy Mcveigh was the OKC bomber "purely speculation"!?!
      You are a MORON.

      September 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  40. momo

    hayden panttiere is a real great actress, shes is one of a kind iam sure she will be great. why dont people just butt out of miss knoxs life it does not concern them.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Donnie K.

    I think the psychiatrists are right: Knox is a narcissistic sociopath. This movie will only feed her desire for fame.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Chris Del

    Amanda is a self centered spoiled American criminal, which is very different than an innocent prisoner in Iran you moron. When a criminal from another country comes to our country and comits a crime we prosecute them so why shouln't they.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daphne

      Really? You know her personally? I agree that only those present at the time of the murder will ever know what actually happened....we have no right to pass judgement either way. You did not hear all of the facts, nor did anyone else to be able to make a clear judgement beyond a resonable doubt.

      September 22, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Why do you assume that the Italian judge and jury did not hear all of the facts–at the very least a level equivalent to our own courts in the USA. I'd ask you the same question you asked Chris–do you know her personally? Do you know the court didn't hear all the facts personally?

      October 1, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  43. tinkerbellrae

    We have no clue if Amanda knox killed her roomate or not. I agree we need to stop blaming obama for everything. 5 years ago it was all Bushes fault if you don't like what's going on VOTE. If you didn't vote in 08 and you were over 18 at the time its partly your fault Obama is in there in the first place

    September 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Nicodemus

    Gchic u really are uninformed. But you are corret. Iran / Iraq have nothing to do with this. I don't blame Obama for Amanda. I do blame him because he is an idiot. This Bozo has to leave office. Hillary in 2012!

    September 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Obama may be many things, but an "idiot"? I didn't know Harvard Law School admitted "idiots" or that the student body would elect an idiot to be the president of the Harvard Law Review. You must be really really smart, Nicodemus. I mean, you don't know basic English grammar and you can't even spell, but besides all that... you're probably a veritable genius.

      September 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  45. gchic23@aol.com

    America needs to wake up and stop blaming Obama for everything and don't you dare compare prisoners in Iran or Iraq to her. They are victims. She's a criminal.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      The hikers in iran are idiots. really, iran? What's wrong with the appalachians or the grand canyon or australia? You go hike in a war zone? You SHOULD be detained on mere stupidity.

      September 22, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  46. Nicodemus

    Amanda is an innocent girl caught in an international legal mess that nobody should ever have to experience. Say what you want but in an American courtroom she would have never been convicted. Anti-American sentiment did play a part in her trial. Boycott Italy. Bring Amanda home. Period

    September 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • vic

      Oh so that's why they also found her Italian boyfriend guilty too then is it? And she was completely innocent of framing the bar owner as well? Oh and the third killer just threw her name in the mix because he felt like it. Sure, she's as innocent as they come. I just hope that this movie, if they have to make it, which considering it's not even a year since the trial so seems in rather hasty poor taste, at least raises Meredith's profile. After all, she is the real victim here. It's always irked me how she has been completely brushed aside in all of this.

      September 22, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  47. sburruto

    Obama? What does he have to do with Knox story? Get real!

    September 21, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  48. cantessa

    amanda knox, innocent? hahahahahahaha. i hope this movie shows her as the psycho she is.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Harry Rag

    The English translation of the Massei report can be downloaded from here:


    September 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Lori

    I'm sorry, but she was much prettier with longer hair.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  51. rick ct

    Hopefully this will do more for her cause than anything our government has done to protect this innocent person. But then again, anything is better than nothing. While Obama is on his world apology tour innocent Americans are held in Italy, Iran and other places.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • G.eeee McGeorge

      Amanda Knox is guilty as can be: confession/ false accusation/ DNA on the murder weapon/ DNA in drops of the victim's blood/ footprints in LUMINOL/ constantly shifitng alibis/ out right lies/ street drugs, etc..

      September 21, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  52. tedy roosevelt kendy

    Ewwww. shes grosss!

    September 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • you're right

      should be an easy role for her......a cold hearted killer like amanda knox never showed a range of emotions.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Burt

      And another thing, you all have seem to have forgotten the true victum in all of this, Mrs Kercher and her family. As well, you all seem to have short memories. Let me refresh you a bit. The bloody she print found underneath Mrs Kercher, which happen to be the exact shoe size of Amanda, the same shoe belonging to Amanda. In addition, the two cell phone's found discarded in the lawn of a Italian resident belonging to Amanda and here equally guilty boyfriend. Oh and let's not forget that she lied on her employer accusing him of the cime initially. Need you further evidence?

      November 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |

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