Netflix announced it acquired the rights to the Cyntoia Brown story on Monday.
What We Know:
- The feature will draw from the 2011 documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story directed and produced by Daniel H. Birman. Birman will direct the Netflix film as well. It will tell the story of Brown’s incarceration and her fight for freedom.
- Cyntoia Brown was only 16 in 2004 when she was arrested and charged for the murder of 43-year-old Johnny Allen, a man who paid to have sex with her. Brown was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison.
- Earlier this year, former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted Brown clemency and commuted her sentence. She is expected to be released from prison next month.
- Brown’s case gained national attention and prompted pleas of clemency from celebrities like Rihanna, Kim Kardashian West and Ashley Judd.
- The documentary has not been named yet but it will follow Brown until her August release, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Are you here for this documentary?
The system has failed. It’s heart breaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life! We have to do better & do what’s right. I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this. #FreeCyntoiaBrown pic.twitter.com/73y26mLp7u
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 21, 2017