by David Koon
"West of Memphis" is being produced by Damien Echols and Laurie Davis, with help from Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, the brains behind the "Lord of the Rings" films. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg is in the director chair. Jackson and Walsh quietly bankrolled the effort to free the West Memphis Three for years, with Echols traveling to New Zealand for a visit soon after his release.
While West of Memphis hasn't reached theaters, it's already the source of controversy, with a public and messy dispute between Berg and "Paradise Lost" directors Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger over access to key figures in the case.