by Steven Ertelt
October 31, 2007
Hollywood, CA (LifeNews.com) — Assisted suicide crusader Jack Kevorkian is talking with HBO officials about making a movie of his life. Pro-life advocates worry such a movie would promote euthanasia and draw attention to the former pathologist, who was convicted of second-degree murder after showing a video of him killing a patient on national television.
Kevorkian, now 79, served just eight years in prison after the televised death of Thomas Youk netted him a 25-year sentence.
Producer Steve Jones has been talking for years about a movie based on Kevorkian’s life and he told the Celebrity News Service he’s excited the euthanasia activist wants his story told.
"He doesn’t grant interviews readily, but now he wants his story to be told," said Jones. "Whether or not you agree with his views or actions, one thing is for sure: His passion is something to be in awe of. He gave up eight years of his life to make a point."
Jones said the movie will be loosely based on Neal Nicol and Harry Wylie’s book "Between the Dying and the Dead: Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s Life and the Battle to Legalize Euthanasia." The script is slated to be written by "Breach" writer Adam Mazer.
"He’s a living icon, and he’s led one of the most unique lives there is; there’s not a dull moment," said Jones.
Mazer also spoke about the possibility of an upcoming Kevorkian movie.
"Most of what we know of him has been told through the media and headlines," said Mazer. "But he’s a very complicated and complex man, and a lot of things about his personality and background have never really been shared with the public, including his great intelligence and terrific sense of humor."
He said the movie won’t be an attempt to change minds about euthanasia but to inform people about the truth concerning Kevorkian’s life.
"At the time of his sentence, he was probably the most recognized doctor in the world," Mazer said.