ROME - Lawyers for Seattle student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, who were convicted of killing Knox's British roommate, have formally demanded that the Lifetime TV channel scrap a planned film about their trial.
Attorneys Carlo Dalla Vedova and Luca Maori said Saturday they had sent letters to Lifetime warning they would go to court to try to sequester the film if it isn't canceled and a trailer removed from Lifetime's website.
Maori said the movie presented scenes that were "beyond any logic" and hyped up to attract viewers.
"Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy," is due to air Feb. 21. It dramatizes the events leading up to Knox’s 26-year prison sentence for killing Meredith Kercher, her British-born roomate, in Perugia, Italy, in November 2007.
"Heroes" actress Hayden Panettiere stars as Amanda Knox in the movie. Actress Amanda Fernando Stevens plays Meredith Kercher, and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden portrays Amanda's mother, Edda Mella.
There was no answer at Lifetime's offices Saturday seeking a response to the Knox attorneys' demands. A trailer of the movie posted previously on the Lifetime website was not loading on Saturday.
The family of Meredith Kercher has also expressed opposition to the upcoming film - especially at this critical moment when Knox's conviction is being appealed through the Italian court system.
"It is inopportune as the trial is still on going with two further appeals," said Francesco Maresca, the Kerchers' lawyer.
According to reports in the British media, Kercher's family also is appalled that her murder was re-created in the movie. The harrowing footage shows Kercher screaming as she is attacked by her killers.
Meredith Kercher's father, John Kercher, said the murder scenes are "absolutely horrific and I have asked and would hope the pictures are withdrawn," according to a report in U.K.'s The Sun.
Knox and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted in December 2009 of sexually assaulting and murdering Kercher at the home shared by Knox and Kercher in Perugia, Italy.
In its 2009 ruling, the Perugia court said that on the night of the murder Knox and Sollecito were at the house with a fourth person, Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivory Coast citizen who has also been convicted of murder in separate proceedings.
The court said Knox and Sollecito assisted Guede's sexual desire for Kercher, becoming her brutal assailants together with Guede and ultimately killing her when she resisted the advances.
Both Knox and Sollecito deny wrongdoing and are in the midst of an appeal.