ABC to Develop Murder Trial Drama 'Limelight'

Kelly Masterson

Writer and playwright Kelly Masterson will develop a drama scripted project for ABC entitled 'Limelight.' Masterson will produce the project with Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry of Prospect Park.

In 1997, Masterson wrote and produced the award winning off-Broadway play, ‘Touch.’ In 2007, he got his Hollywood start when Sidney Lumet directed his final film before his death, ‘Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,’ starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke.  

'Before the Devil Knows You're Dead'Since then, Masterson has been busy with different TV and film projects. Recently, he wrote and produced the TV Movie, ‘Killing Kennedy’ for National Geographic, which will air in the fall.

The ABC project ‘Limelight’ is about how a murder trial becomes a public sensation, throwing everyone into the media spotlight—including the accused, the prosecution, and the defence team.

Plenty of true-crime legal dramas have captured public attention over the past few years, starting with the OJ Simpson trial in the mid-nineties, which made big ratings for 24-hour news channels. More recently, cases to prosecute Casey Anthony, Jodi Arias, and George Zimmerman, have caught the public’s attention. Some cases have created controversy, as values of a free press can often conflict with the right to a fair trial.

We could follow two main stories for ‘Limelight.’ First, the trial itself, and how it develops. Second, how the characters react to sudden fame and attention, and how they respond to their new circumstances.

Do you have an interest in watching a story that focuses on the drama surrounding a high-profile court case?



- Kelly Masterson

Written by: Robert_Steele
Aug 14th, 2013, 12:53 pm

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