According to Variety, West of Memphis has reached completion. Written by Amy Berg with Jackson producing through his Wingnut Films, the film will also have to compete for an audience with the Paradise Lost filmmakers and others that are making similar films.
The film follows the case of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelly Jr. who were convicted of murder and spent 18 years in prison. A new probe, funded by Jackson and Fran Walsh, reopened the case in 2005.
According to Jackson himself, the film reveals unknown forensic evidence surrounding the arrest and conviction of the three defendants.
Arkansas created a very strange plea deal that would free them if they plead guilty. This technically leaves the men convicted of a crime but free, and the murder is still unsolved.
“This film represents the trial these men didn’t have. With the support of Damien and Lorri, along with unprecedented access to those closest to the case, we were able to make a film that shows the inner workings of the defense — the investigation, research, and appeals process, in a way that has never been shown before,” said Berg.
Jackson hopes the film will spur more investigation and lead to finding the real killer and exonerating the three.