Nick Searcy has been hired to be the director of Gosnell, a movie about the infamous late-term abortionist who was convicted of murder in 2013. In Philadelphia, Kermit Gosnell ran a “House of Horrors” where minority women were maimed and their babies were butchered. His “clinic” was filled with bloody furniture, outdated equipment, and the body parts of babies that he slaughtered. The Grand Jury report estimates that Gosnell delivered hundreds of babies alive and then had their spinal cords “snipped.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Searcy is an actor best known for his role as chief deputy U.S. Marshal Art Mullen in Justified, which is now in its sixth and final season on FX. Originally, producers Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney and Magdalena Segieda said the film was going to be released as a TV movie but now say it will be a theatrical release.
The producers of Gosnell said the following about Searcy, “He has just finished filming the sixth and final season of the hit cable show Justified (where he plays US Marshal Art Mullen) but you will also have seen him in movies such as Cast Away, Moneyball and Fried Green Tomatoes. He also previously directed the movie Paradise Falls. We are very excited to have such a talented individual in charge of telling the Gosnell story.”
As LifeNews previously reported, Andrew Klavan, whose books have been made into movies directed and starring Clint Eastwood and Michael Douglas, is the screenwriter for the film. Klavan said he wanted to write the Gosnell screenplay “from the moment I heard it was underway.” He said the Gosnell project was “a great story” but also an important tale to tell.
He added, “It’s not a happy story, it’s a story of an abortionist baby killer in some of the worst neighborhoods of Philadelphia. For decades, without anyone stopping him, there was complaint after complaint; basically he was delivering live babies and killing them. He was a serial killer, the biggest serial killer in American history. The press dumped the story; the press box was empty. They moved into a bigger courtroom because they thought it was going to be packed, but it was empty.”
Additionally, Searcy and Klavan said the film will highlight the media cover-up that occurred during Gosnell’s murder trial. Producer Ann McElhinney said, “Dr Kermit Gosnell is America’s biggest serial killer – but there was almost no media coverage of his trial – and then Hollywood – which loves to make movies and TV programmes about serial killers – also decided to ignore the story.”
Searcy concluded, “There are three aspects to this story that are fascinating. What happened; why it was allowed to happen; and why no one wanted to talk about it after it happened. I am both excited and humbled by the opportunity to have a part in bringing this important American story to the screen. It is a story that many in Hollywood were unwilling to tell, and I am grateful to Ann, Phelim and Magdalena for having the courage to tell it.”