by David Koon
Johnny Depp, one of the most vocal celebrity supporters of the West Memphis Three, has optioned Damien Echols' forthcoming prison memoir for possible development into a feature film. Depp and his Hollywood partner Christi Dembrowski bought the rights for their Infinitum Nihil production company. Echols' book is scheduled to be published this September by Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin.
It's the latest in a star-studded series of film projects surrounding the release of the WM3 last August, including HBO Films' "Paradise Lost 3" (nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature), the Peter Jackson-produced doc "West of Memphis," and an in-development adaption of Mara Leveritt's "Devil's Knot" starring Best Actor Oscar winner Colin Firth and Best Actress Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon.