By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
While I don't know how much support Dr. Jack Kevorkian will throw towards a biopic about him, HBO films is going forward and making one anyway. To be helmed by Barry Levinson, the project will star Al Pacino. Now, I know what you're thinking - Nice casting.
Al Pacino is Dr. Kevorkian
The biopic will revolve around Kevorkian’s construction of his infamous “Mercy Machine,” his first assisted suicide in the early 1990s and the resulting media frenzy. Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder in 1999 for the assisted suicide, with video tape evidence to help convict him. Yes - He made the unwise decision to document it on film. He was later released from prison in 2007.
Steve Lee Jones, who's onboard to produce, has been working on the Kevorkian biopic for the past half-decade; ever since he received the manuscript for a book about Kevorkian, “Between the Dying and the Dead,” written by Harry Wylie and Neal Nicol. The authors are associates of Kevorkian.
The project has been sitting at HBO since 2007 and has only recently begun to gain momentum with the casting of Pacino.