Row Lowe shoot­ing Casey An­thony story here

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - RAN­DALL KING

ORIG­I­NAL Pic­tures is pre­par­ing to shoot a movie star­ring Rob Lowe in the com­ing weeks, and while the lo­cal pro­duc­tion com­pany is stead­fastly se­cre­tive about the project, a Di­rec­tors Guild of Canada web­site sug­gests the film will be Im­per­fect Jus­tice, the story of the un­suc­cess­ful 2011 pros­e­cu­tion of Casey An­thony, ac­cused of mur­der­ing her two-year-old daugh­ter Caylee in Florida.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Hol­ly­wood Re­porter story, Lowe signed to play pros­e­cu­tor Jeff Ash­ton in a Life­time TV movie based on Ash­ton’s book of the same name.

Lo­ca­tions that have been scouted in­cluded the Law Courts Build­ing on York Av­enue and the ed­i­to­rial of­fices of the Win­nipeg Free Press.

Ash­ton’s book de­tailed what went right and what went hor­ri­bly wrong in the pros­e­cu­tion of An­thony, who was ac­quit­ted for the mur­der, but con­victed of ly­ing to the po­lice about the where­abouts of her daugh­ter. In De­cem­ber 2008, Caylee’s re­mains were dis­cov­ered in a trash bag in a wooded area near An­thony’s home.

The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter story said the Fox TV telepic would be ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by Jean Abounader and Michelle Man­ning, di­rected by Peter Werner (who helmed the lo­cally lensed TV movies Vine­gar Hill, Killer In­stinct: From the Files of Agent Candice Delong and We Were the Mul­vaneys) and writ­ten by Ali­son Cross ( Blood and Wine).

Lowe cur­rently stars in the NBC sit­com Parks and Re­cre­ation and pre­vi­ously worked in Win­nipeg in the 2002 TV movie Framed, op­po­site Sam Neill.

Win­nipeg-born ac­tor Kristo­pher Turner re­turns to his home­town tonight to in­tro­duce the hor­ror com­edy A Lit­tle Bit Zom­bie at the 7:15 p.m. screen­ing at the Globe Cine­mas in Portage Place, along­side di­rec­tor Casey Walker.

A Toronto res­i­dent for the past 10 years, Turner, 31, is on the verge of get­ting huge North Amer­i­can ex­po­sure as one of the stars of the Toronto-lensed med­i­cal drama Sav­ing Hope, which will be broad­cast on CTV and NBC be­gin­ning in June.

By con­trast, A Lit­tle Bit Zom­bie seems aimed squarely at a cult au­di­ence with its story of a nice guy who turns into a brains-crav­ing zom­bie af­ter be­ing bit­ten by an in­fected mosquito.

As the Univer­sity of Win­nipeg grad­u­ate de­scribes it, the zom­bie com­edy “makes fun of and pays homage to at the same time” gory films such as Evil Dead and the Nor­we­gian Naz­i­zom­bie shocker Dead Snow, films Walker made a point of hand­ing to Turner be­fore shoot­ing be­gan.

In fact, Turner has had some ex­pe­ri­ence in the low-bud­get genre realm. His first fea­ture film was The Brother­hood 3, an ul­tra-low-bud­get shocker made by pro­fes­sional shlock­meis­ter David De­coteau in Fe­bru­ary 2002. Shot on an amaz­ing five-day sched­ule on lo­ca­tion in Arthur A. Leach School in Fort Garry, the film in­tro­duced Turner to the world of quick and dirty moviemak­ing, an ex­pe­ri­ence for which he is still grate­ful.

“It was a fan­tas­tic learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for any young ac­tor,” he says over the phone from Toronto.

“For one thing, you’re do­ing 19, 20 pages of di­a­logue a day. I haven’t done that since.”

Even a TV drama sched­ule is less de­mand­ing, he says.

“On Sav­ing Hope, we’re do­ing seven, eight pages a day. So it’s a much slower pace. It was a lot of fun to do that kind of shoot­ing. You don’t have time to think about it, you just have to be, and you’ve just got to per­form.”

While A Lit­tle Bit Zom­bie is con­sid­ered low­bud­get, it had roughly 10 times the bud­get of The Brother­hood 3, and the ex­pe­ri­ence was “the most fun I’ve ever had on a film set,” Turner says.

“I was eat­ing brains and hav­ing glyc­er­ine drool pour­ing out of my mouth and var­i­ous other things splat­tered on my face,” he says.

“It wasn’t an easy shoot. It was black­fly sea­son in June in the woods, an hour north of Sud­bury. We were just be­ing eaten alive.”

But he says he and the di­rec­tor were con­tent to be mak­ing the movie they wanted to make, with­out in­ter­fer­ence.

“Casey crowd-funded it six years be­fore crowd-fund­ing ex­isted, so he owned this thing,” Turner says, re­fer­ring to how Walker set up a web­site to gen­er­ate fi­nanc­ing from roughly 800 donors.

“He got the peo­ple aboard that he wanted to have and he made the movie he wanted to make. So it was, for me, so lib­er­at­ing as an ac­tor, to know there aren’t notes com­ing from six dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

“It was a col­lab­o­ra­tive process,” he says.

FRANK GUNN / THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Rob Lowe to star as pros­e­cu­tor Jeff Ash­ton in Im­per­fect Jus­tice; left, A Lit­tle Bit Zom­bie di­rec­tor Casey

Walker, left, and star Kristo­pher Turner.

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