LIFETIME Television Announces Production on the Lifetime Original Movie 'The Murder of Princess Diana'
Murder of Princess Diana,' Starring Jennifer Morrison ('House'), From
Working Title Television, The Sister Television Company of the
Award-Winning UK Working Title Films ('United 93,' 'Bridget Jones' Diary'
and 'Pride and Prejudice')
Premieres in August To Coincide With 10th Anniversary of Diana's Death
LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 6 -- Fascination with Princess
Diana continues, with more than 180 books currently in print and 14 new
titles planned for this summer to coincide with the 10th anniversary of her
death, along with the ongoing official British government inquest into the
accident that caused it. Today, Lifetime Television announced it has
started production on the Lifetime Original Movie "The Murder of Princess
Diana," a fictionalized account of the book by the same name by Noel
Botham, which theorized that the car crash that claimed the lives of the
Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed and their chauffeur Henri Paul,
was a conspiracy.
The movie is produced by Working Title Television, the sister company
to the award-winning production company, Working Title Films, which
explored a similarly explosive dramatization in the critically acclaimed
"United 93," along with producing such international hits as "Bridget
Jones' Diary" and "Pride and Prejudice."
"The Murder of Princess Diana" stars Jennifer Morrison ("House") and is
currently filming in Luxembourg and Paris. The telefilm is scheduled to
premiere on Lifetime in August.
In making the announcement, Susanne Daniels, President, Entertainment,
Lifetime Networks, said, "An iconic figure to millions during her life,
Princess Diana's death is still viewed as an unsolved mystery, despite the
official police investigation that concluded that the crash was a tragic
accident. In fact, in a recent BBC poll, 31% of British citizens surveyed
said they believed her death was not an accident. In this movie, we are
sharing a dramatic story that will appeal to millions of people's continued
fascination with both the facts and speculation surrounding the case."
"This is the first ever dramatic portrayal of events around the evening
of, and immediately after, Diana's tragic death. It raises some very
difficult questions," added Executive Producer, Simon Wright.
"The Murder of Princess Diana" focuses on the hours leading up to and
directly following the tragic deaths of Diana, Fayed and Paul. In the
movie, Rachel (Morrison), an American journalist in Paris, witnesses the
fateful accident. As the shocking news of Diana's death reverberates around
the world, Rachel is suspicious that something rings false with the
official version surrounding Diana's death. Rachel begins her own
investigation searching for the truth - leading her to believe there is
much more to the story than a simple car crash.
Enlisting the help of her former lover Thomas, a police officer, Rachel
finds herself further embroiled in what she believes is a conspiracy to
murder the Princess. As she gets closer to uncovering the details of
Diana's death, Rachel soon learns that there are powerful people out there
who will stop at nothing to silence her.
Jennifer Morrison currently stars as Dr. Allison Cameron on the hit FOX
series, "House." Prior, Morrison had a recurring role on "Dawson's Creek"
where she played Joshua Jackson's on-and-off again girlfriend. Morrison's
feature film credits include "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Surviving Christmas,"
"Intersection," "Mall Cop" and "Stir of Echoes." Morrison has a degree in
theater from Loyola University Chicago and studied with the famed
Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
"The Murder of Princess Diana" is produced by Working Title Television
for Lifetime Television. Simon Wright ("Tales of the City") is the
executive producer and Priscilla Parish ("The Robber Bride") serves as
associate producer. Julia Stannard ("Robber Bride") is producer and John
Strickland ("Big Love") is the director. Emma Reeves ("Doctors") and Reg
Gadney ("Kennedy") wrote the teleplay.
Working Title Television is the sister television company of Working
Title Films, a British film production company, based in London, England.
It has been one of the most successful British film companies of recent
years. It produces feature films and some television productions. It is
famous for its Richard Curtis-scripted romantic comedies and Coen Brothers
films, but has in recent times moved into many other types of film, such as
"United 93" "Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason," "Pride and Prejudice," "Nanny
McPhee" and "Love, Actually."
Founded by Working Title Films in 1984, Working Title Television (WTTV)
produces high quality event television films for the UK, US and
international markets. WTTV makes a small number of high end TV movies and
mini-series in partnership with UK and US broadcasters. The company's
productions have won 8 BAFTAs, a Golden Globe, an RTS Award and have been
nominated for 10 Emmys. Some of WTTV's recent productions include "The
Robber Bride," "Perfect Strangers," "The Other Woman," The mini-series
"Tales of the City" and its two Emmy nominated sequels "More Tales of the
City" and "Further Tales of the City" for Showtime and the Golden Globe
winning "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells" for HBO and the BBC starring
Judi Dench and Ian Holm.
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basic cable television networks. A diverse, multi-media company, LIFETIME
is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information
programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and
their families. LIFETIME Television, LMN, Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime
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