South Africa is still reeling from the Valentine’s Day shooting that placed Oscar Pistorius under suspicion of premeditated murder and the incomparable loss of South Africa’s darling, Reeva Steenkamp. The country has been divided into two polar opposite sides – one side claims he is guilty, while the other side claims he is innocent. After his lengthy bail application, and his eventual release on bail, South African citizens are waiting in anticipation for the court case that will captivate not only South Africa, but also the world. However, due to the burdened South African judicial system, this case might only be dealt with in early 2014 – maybe even later. So, in the meantime, Hollywood decided to make a movie!
After all the rigmarole of the past few weeks, Star magazine recently claimed in an article that Ryan Gosling and James Franco are “battling to play Oscar Pistorius in a movie.” According to a source, “Where there’s a scandal, a movie deal is sure to follow! Ryan is the natural choice – he looks just like Oscar! But James already played a dramatic character with a major handicap in 127 Hours.” Well, there’s a huge difference between Franco slicing and dicing his arm and Pistorius shooting his girlfriend, but hey, we don’t want a typecast, now do we? The source adds, “He [Gosling] could easily pull off the role and would definitely make it an award-winning performance.”
Certain gossip myth busters claim otherwise, and allege that there’s no “actual” movie production in the works. We disagree. A film about Pistorius’ life would be a sure fire hit on the circuit. He overcame impossible difficulties to be where he is today and the shooting of his girlfriend merely accentuated his persona and made him powerfully infamous. Hollywood producers would be stupid to not cash in on this Shakespearean tragedy that has gripped the world.
What do you think? Will you watch a film about Pistorius’ life? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Last Photo of Reeva Steenkamp Alive