INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY GREENLIGHTS SCRIPTED TRUE-CRIME MOVIE "FINAL VISION" STARRING SCOTT FOLEY AND DAVE ANNABLE
-- Based on the infamous Jeffrey MacDonald Murders, FINAL VISION is produced by Lincoln Square Productions in the First of a Five-Movie Deal with ID --
(Silver Spring, Md.) - Investigation Discovery (ID) announced today the greenlight of a new scripted movie, FINAL VISION from Lincoln Square Productions. This project marks the first of a five-part true-crime scripted movie deal between ID and Lincoln Square Productions and will star Scott Foley ("Scandal") as Jeffrey MacDonald and Dave Annable ("Heartbeat," "Brothers & Sisters") as author Joe McGinniss. Premiering in 2017, production will begin in early December.
A true-crime drama based on the longest-running criminal case in U.S. history, FINAL VISION, written by Denis O'Neill ("The River Wild"), is the story of Jeffrey MacDonald (Foley), a handsome, Ivy League-educated Green Beret Army Doctor, who was convicted of brutally murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters in the middle of the night. One of the most horrifying murder cases of its time, FINAL VISION is told through the eyes of bestselling author Joe McGinniss (Annable), who was approached by MacDonald and asked to write a book about his personal nightmare as he was about to go to trial. According to MacDonald, he was falsely accused. Beginning as a story about an innocent man being railroaded by a flawed legal system, FINAL VISION takes viewers through a twisted psychological thriller that exposes a far more sinister man behind the charming and heroic fa�ade MacDonald portrays.
"The story of Jeffrey MacDonald proves the old adage that truth is often stranger than fiction," said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America. "The MacDonald murders took place more than 30 years ago, and yet the 'did he or didn't he' story still resonates today as a mystifying study of human nature. True crime has never been a more popular than it is now, and we are thrilled that through our partnership with Lincoln Square Productions, we are cementing ID's place as the home for powerful true-crime storytelling."
"The terrific team at ID has tapped into an insatiable appetite for real mystery and suspense. We're proud to be their partners for FINAL VISION and the movies to come," said Morgan Hertzan, Senior Vice President for Lincoln Square Productions. "The twists and turns in this drama are a perfect match for America's fascination with true crime stories. The cast, led by the very talented Scott Foley, tell a riveting story that has only become more mysterious with time."
Foley is repped by ICM Partners, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jason Sloane. Annable is repped by UTA and Manager Sue Leibman/Barking Dog Entertainment.
About Scott Foley
Scott Foley currently stars as Jake Ballard on ABC's hit drama "Scandal."
Foley recently wrapped production on Netflix's remake of the 2000 Swedish romantic comedy, "Naked," which is set to stream in 2017. After wrapping production on "Naked" he went straight into production on ABC's, "Final Vision," a two-hour TV movie based on Joe McGinniss' bestselling true-crime book for Investigation Discovery.
In 2014, Foley starred in Donald Margulies', "The Country House" as Michael Astor at the Geffen Playhouse. In film, Foley was last seen in the comedy, "Let's Kill Ward's Wife," which he wrote, directed and produced.
Foley's television credits include the critically acclaimed WB series "Felicity," "True Blood," "Grey's Anatomy," "The Unit," "A.U.S.A.," and "Scrubs."
Foley made his feature film debut in Wes Craven's "Scream 3" for Dimension Films. He followed that with a leading role in Dimension Films' "Below" opposite Matthew Davis and the indie feature "Rennie's Landing" opposite Ethan Embry, Peter Facinelli.
Foley made his Broadway debut in "The Violet Hour."
About Dave Annable
Dave Annable recently starred on NBC's series "Heartbeat" along with Melissa George. Dave will be seen in the lead role in the feature film "Armed Response" directed by John Stockwell, co-starring Wesley Snipes and Anne Heche, and in a recurring role on Fox's new comedy "The Mick". Previously, Annable starred on Steven Spielberg's Fox drama "Red Band Society" as Dr. McAndrew along with Octavia Spencer and a cast of talented young actors. For five seasons, Annable was seen in the TV drama "Brothers and Sisters," opposite Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths and Matthew Rhys.
FINAL VISION is produced for Investigation Discovery by Lincoln Square Productions, directed by Nicholas McCarthy and written by Denis O'Neill, with Christine Connor and Linda Berman as executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Angela Bromstad is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Jane Latman is executive vice president of development, and Henry Schleiff is Group President, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.
ABOUT LINCOLN SQUARE PRODUCTIONS
ABC News' Lincoln Square Productions produces original content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution specializing in entertaining ways to tell fact based stories, including ABC's "What Would You Do?," ABC's "Madoff," the OSCAR Red Carpet Opening Ceremony, Investigation Discovery's "Barbara Walters Presents," as well as documentary programming for a wide array of partners, including Discovery Communications and A & E Networks. Lincoln Square Productions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. The headquarters are located in New York City's Lincoln Square neighborhood. Morgan Hertzan is Senior Vice President of Lincoln Square Productions
ABOUT INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY (ID)
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