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'Justified' Actor Nick Searcy to Direct 'Gosnell' Abortion Movie (Exclusive)

Gosnell, a movie about an infamous abortion doctor convicted of murder that is being financed via a crowdfunding campaign, has hired, as its director, Nick Searcy. . . .
Gosnell has raised $2.3 million at Indiegogo, more than any other movie at the crowdfunding site. Originally planned as a TV movie, producers Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney and Magdalena Segieda now say it will be a theatrical release.

Executive producing is John Sullivan, who co-directed Dinesh D’Souza’s two documentary films, America and 2016: Obama’s America. Gosnell is being written by Andrew Klavan, whose novel True Crime was made into a movie starring and directed by Clint Eastwood.

Gosnell is a crime drama — not a documentary — about Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who for decades ran a seedy abortion clinic in Philadelphia. A 280-page report from the Grand Jury describes how Gosnell charged various prices for late-term abortions depending on how much pain his patients were willing to endure and how white women were afforded cleaner conditions than were minority women.
The report, details of which will be used by Klavan while crafting his script, alleges Gosnell killed hundreds of infants by sticking scissors into their necks, though he was convicted two years ago on only three counts of murder as well as one count of manslaughter for the death of a 41-year-old patient. The 74-year-old former doctor is serving a life sentence in prison.

Also part of the story that Searcy, Klavan and the other filmmakers plan to tell is what some have likened to a press cover-up of Gosnell’s brutality. Journalist Megan McArdle, for example, wrote a mea culpa in 2013 published in the Daily Beast titled: “Why I didn’t write about Gosnell’s trial — and why I should have.” The article included a photo of rows of empty courtroom benches that had been reserved for the press. . . .

Hollywood Reporter, March 18

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