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Major breakthrough for Gosnell film: top director signs on to produce project

One of his films grossed $33 million nationwide.
Mon Dec 15, 2014 - 2:42 pm EST
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The proposed film about “house of horrors” abortionist Kermit Gosnell has just signed up new talent.

The director of the second-highest grossing political documentary in U.S. history has announced he will act as executive producer, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

John Sullivan directed Dinesh D'Souza's successful films 2016: Obama's America and America. 2016 made $33 million nationally, taking its place behind Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 as the most popular documentaries focusing on political issues.

The proposed multimillion dollar true crime film about the life of abortionist and convicted serial killer Kermit Gosnell had originally been conceived as a made-for-TV drama. Now, producers Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney, and Magdalena Segieda envision a full-length feature film, with the script to be written by Andrew Klavan.

The producers say they were moved to make a film about Gosnell after the national media ignored his shocking trial while showering coverage on Jodi Arias and other, less compelling crimes. Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison after a mostly pro-abortion jury convicted him of murdering three infants in his late-term abortion facility in West Philadelphia. However, his co-workers said he had killed hundreds or thousands of newborns by “snipping” their spinal columns after they were born. (Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter of a 41-year-old woman in his care and sentenced to 30 years for illegally dispensing prescription drugs.)

After being banned from Kickstarter on the basis of what McAleer calls “outright lies,” the trio began fundraising on Indiegogo.com. They reached their goal of $2.1 million in May.

Two weeks ago, they announced they had been accepted into Indiegogo's pilot program “Forever Funding,” which allows crowdfunding campaigns to remain open after they meet their initial goal, and will seek an additional $500,000 and hope to reach a total of 100,000 donors. They are asking for $300,000 to extend the shooting from three weeks to four, and $200,000 to pay professional actors for their part in the making a film about the serial killer.

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As of this writing, the producers have raised more than $2.2 million from more than 26,718 donors.

The film has been endorsed by Kevin Sorbo, Sloane Brown of Drama Queen, Nick Searcy of Justified, and former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint


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