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Film Adaptation of Alice Sebold's Lucky Loses Funding, Production Dropped



The film adaptation of Alice Sebold’s 1999 memoir Lucky has been abandoned after the losing its financing months ago when executive producer Timothy Mucciante raised concerns about the validity of the investigation and conviction. Mucciante hired a private investigator in June 2021 and helped get the conviction overturned.

Anthony Broadwater, the man who is portrayed in Sebold's novel and was convicted with first-degree rape and five other charges in the case was exonerated on November 24th after spending sixteen years in prison. His legal team joined with Mucciante to clear his name. Broadwater is now considering legal action.

Sebold had initially identified a different man as her attacker in a police lineup but later pointed to Broadwater in court after the “prosecutor falsely told Ms. Sebold that Mr. Broadwater and the man next to him were friends who had purposely appeared in the lineup together to trick her,” the New York Times reported.

“I started having some doubts, not about the story that Alice told about her assault, which was tragic, but the second part of her book about the trial, which didn’t hang together,” Mucciante told the Times.

Victoria Pedretti, who was set to star, is also no longer involved. Sebold has ignored requests for comment on the overturned conviction.

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