‘Media cover-up’: Hollywood rejects biopic on mass murderer Kermit Gosnell
HOLLYWOOD, California, December 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A movie about illegal late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, whose "House of Horrors" was described in grisly detail by FBI agents, is so realistic that the filmmakers say no major film distributor will release it to theaters.
Streaming services also turned down the politically-incorrect documentary produced by the husband-and-wife duo of Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney. McElhinney said they even sought a PG-13 rating, downplaying many of the graphic scenes and court testimony to make the film more accessible.
Noting that mainstream media for the most part avoided reporting on Gosnell’s trial, McElhinney commented, “This is continuing the media cover-up — they don’t want anything that asks difficult questions about abortion.”
The producers, who have also written a book about Gosnell, are now planning an independent release by necessity. They say test screenings have garnered "off the charts" approval from audiences.
The Center for Medical Progress' David Daleiden, whose undercover videos continue to inspire a defund Planned Parenthood movement in Congress and across many state legislatures, described the Gosnell movie as "the best film about abortion ever made."
“This is one of the biggest crime sprees in American history,” McAleer told Breitbart.com. “The book and movie will ensure that the cover-up is ended and the truth will be known.”
Gosnell’s shocking story, based on documented facts, personal interviews, and court transcripts, was "crowd-funded" by online donations from more than 30,000 people totaling $2.2 million.
In a letter to the film's grassroots backers, McAleer and McElhinney wrote, "We've spent many months showing this film to every major distributor in Hollywood. None of them will distribute it."
"They are claiming the Gosnell movie, which is based on a true story, is 'too controversial,'” the producers explain. "This is nonsense — you know it and we know it."
"We are pledging to you today that we will not be stopped," they write. "We are going to release the Gosnell movie independently in 2017."
The original grand jury report in the Gosnell case described his abortion facility as a "House of Horrors," where unqualified employees assisted in abortion surgery in unsanitary conditions, white women got better care than black women, and aborted babies were stored in jars and freezers.
Gosnell was convicted in 2013 of first-degree murder for three of the infants he reportedly birthed alive and whose spinal columns were "snipped" at the neck. He received multiple life sentences without the possibility of parole.
Actor Earl Billings is cast as Gosnell. A veteran of small and large screens, Billings is perhaps best recognized as Rob in the '70s TV show What's Happening!
Dean Cain, who played Superman in the television series Lois and Clark, plays investigating detective James Wood. Sarah Jane Morris, well-known for her role as Julia on Brothers and Sisters, is cast as the assistant district attorney. Michael Beach (Sons of Anarchy) plays the D.A.
The screenplay was written by Andrew Klavan of True Crime. Nick Searcy of FX's Justified was the film's director.