It was almost certain that a Casey Anthony movie will be made and released soon. But following the public reaction, Hollywood seems to be stepping back.
Though producers did an excellent job turning the Amanda Knox, Natalee Holloway and Clark Rockefeller tales into TV movies, in Casey Anthony case, the drama element and public interest is much higher, considering the popularity of the trial that became the must-see television event of the summer.
But again, considering the public outrage over Anthony's acquittal on murder charges, the situation is certainly making industry big-guns rethink the whole idea of adaptation.
Anyone who pursued a movie based on these events, especially right now, will face some immediate backlash, said Matthew Belloni, news director for The Hollywood Reporter.
The nerve is so raw on this and so many people are so outraged by the verdict that anything that is seen as an attempt to exploit this, especially if the family is involved, will be seen as a negative by most of the people who followed the trial, Belloni told CNN.
Otherwise, the cable channel Lifetime which did movies in the past based on real stories would have thought of a film on Anthony but not this time. It did air the Knox, Holloway and Rockefeller films, and it's in production on a movie about murder suspect Drew Peterson but when asked by CNN if it was pursuing an Anthony project, Lifetime said it had nothing in development.
When asked if the network had obtained the rights to any of the central players in the case, the response was negative: We have nothing in development, is all that they said.
The situation has come to a stage that even a remote connection with the Anthony case has sent Hollywood talent agencies diving for cover.
When a rumor circulated last week saying William Morris Endeavor had signed Anthony for representation, the agency was swamped with protest calls. It quickly denied the report.
Also, Paradigm, that signed Anthony's lead attorney, Jose Baez, for representation, un-signed him few hours. A fuming Niecy Nash (actress), told CNN If that girl [Anthony] makes one dime off of the death of her child, I'm just telling you that I feel like America is going to be like, 'we are so done with you!'
I'm upset because the opportunity to profit from a tragedy is laid out for this girl on a silver platter, Nash said.
The possibility of a movie has inevitably sparked loads of discussions and debates in Hollywood if the movie should ever be made, and if so, who should play Anthony.
However, some people, including The Hollywood Reporter's Matthew Belloni, were convinced that there will be a Casey Anthony movie.
You've got to believe that something this high-profile, something that everyone is talking about ... that eventually, this will become a movie, he told CNN.
The surprising verdict in the case only makes that more likely, Belloni added.