It was bound to happen: TV Guide Magazine has learned that Lifetime is planning a movie that will center on the scandalous Jodi Arias trial, which is still underway.
Arias is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, whose body was found with a gunshot to the head, multiple stab wounds and a slit throat in 2008. The trial is taking place in Arizona, where Arias has testified that she killed Alexander in self-defense.
The Arias trial has received widespread coverage; HLN has even launched the nightly show HLN After Dark: The Jodi Arias Trial, which airs Monday through Thursday at 10/9c. It's been a smash success for HLN; on Wednesday night, the network won the hour among news networks, beating Fox News, MSNBC and CNN at 10 p.m. in the key adults 25-54 demo. (Nightline and 48 Hours Mystery, among other programs, have also devoted plenty of coverage to the story.)
Lifetime is famous for its made-for-TV movies based on ripped-from-the-headlines crimes of a relationship nature. On Saturday, Jan. 19, the Lifetime original movie Prosecuting Casey Anthony (starring Virginia Welch as Casey Anthony and Rob Lowe as prosecutor Jeff Ashton) averaged 3.3 million viewers and was the most-watched program in all of cable that night. Other recent entries include 2011's Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy, which was updated after Knox's Italian murder conviction was overturned.
The untitled Arias movie comes from executive producers Joshua D. Maurer, Alixandre Witlin and Judith Verno, whose previous credits include Lifetime's Drew Peterson: Untouchable, The Craigslist Killer and Who Is Clark Rockefeller? Verno is also an exec producer on Showtime's upcoming series Masters of Sex. Richard Blaney and Gregory Small are the writers.