Brittany Murphy Biopic Heading to Lifetime This September
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a new biopic about late actress Brittany Murphy is in the works at Lifetime. Titled "The Brittany Murphy Story", the original film will debut on September 6th. Murphy passed away at the age of 32 in 2009.
Amanda Fuller ("Last Man Standing") will take on the lead role while 'Ray Donovan' actress Sherilyn Fenn will portray Murphy's mom, Sharon Murphy. The full-length film will center on Murphy's younger years and her mother's attempt to make her a star. Included in the feature will be the Aftermath of her controversial death, which her mother claims was not accidental.
According to the network's official synopsis of the film:
Saturday, September 6 at 8p
This is the story of talented young Brittany, her supportive mother Sharon and their determination to turn Brittany into a star in the 1980's and 90's. Brittany achieves that dream, breaking out in Clueless and continuing to do high-profile work in projects such as Girl, Interrupted and 8 Mile. But her desperation for approval and insecurity about her looks makes her personal life a disaster. The men in Brittany's life come and go, but her mother remains the grounding force in her life. Unlike other stage moms, Sharon was always her daughter's support system, but that enduring love wasn't enough to save her sensitive Brittany from the vicissitudes of Hollywood life. Four years after her untimely "accidental" death, actress Brittany Murphy's name is once again in the press. Her estranged father Angelo is claiming that the forensic evidence indicates that Brittany was deliberately poisoned, and he has his theories about who is to blame. As news reports swirl and Angelo demands that the authorities reopen the investigation, Sharon struggles with being thrust once more into the limelight to talk about her beloved little girl.
A rep for Sharon Murphy commented that her client was not consulted for the project and has not cooperated with the production.
Brittany Murphy is perhaps best known for her roles in "Clueless," "Girl, Interrupted" and "8 Mile." She passed away on December 20, 2009. Her husband, Simon Monjack, died just five months later. The coroner's office ruled that their deaths were both the result of pneumonia and other causes.