Plans to adapt Alice Sebold Lucky’s memoir about her rape at age 18 have been scrapped, according to Variety.
The news comes after the rape conviction at the heart of the 1999 memoir was overturned last week. Anthony Broadwater had spent 16 years in prison after being convicted of the crime in 1982, based largely on Sebold’s identification of him as his rapist on the witness stand, and on microscopic analysis of the hair by an expert linking it to crime. The US Department of Justice now rejects such an analysis, and Broadwater was cleared of Sebold’s rape last Monday. “I’m not going to mess this up by saying, ‘I’m sorry. This is not enough, ”said Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick. “It should never have happened. “
Netflix was in the process of adapting Lucky, to feature You star Victoria Pedretti, but after Tim Mucciante enlisted as executive producer, he became skeptical of Broadwater’s guilt and “began to dig and try to understand what really happened ”.
Now Variety has announced that the film adaptation has been discontinued and that Pedretti is no longer involved in the project. According to the entertainment magazine, a source close to the production said it was scrapped after “losing funding months ago.”
Lucky recounts how 18-year-old Sebold was raped and beaten in a tunnel near her college campus. Sebold later recounts how she saw a black man on the street and was convinced he was her attacker. “He was smiling as he approached. He recognized me. It was for him a walk in the park; he had met an acquaintance in the street. “Hey, girl,” he said. “Don’t I know you from somewhere?” Writes Sebold. “I looked at him directly. I knew his face had been the face above me in the tunnel.
Broadwater is given the pseudonym Gregory Madison in the book. The brief reports how, after his arrest, Sebold fails to identify him during a police identity parade, but he is nevertheless tried and sentenced. A spokesperson for Publisher Scribner declined to comment on the overturning of the conviction. “Neither Alice Sebold nor Scribner have a comment. Scribner does not intend to update Lucky’s text right now, ”they said.
Sebold went on to write the award-winning bestselling novel The Lovely Bones, about the rape and murder of a young girl.
“I never, ever thought I would see the day I was exonerated,” Broadwater said after the court handed down its ruling last week.