Cape Town – Lifetime says it’s open about the fact that the upcoming Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer made-for-TV movie has not been endorsed by the families of either Pistorius or Reeva Steenkamp and that it’s anticipated to “elicit mixed reactions in South Africa”.
Oscar Pistorius’ brother Carl said earlier this week the Pistorius family will "take legal action" against the film in which Oscar Pistorius is portrayed by actor Andreas Damn with Toni Garrn playing Reeva Steenkamp who was tragically gunned down.
Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer will debut on 11 November on Lifetime in the United States, with no date available yet for Lifetime (DStv 131) in South Africa and Africa on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform.
The film was written by Amber Benson and produced by Eric Tomosunas and Swirl Films for Thinkfactory Media.
"A+E Networks Africa, which includes Lifetime Africa in its channel portfolio, would like to be transparent about the fact that the movie has not been seen or endorsed by the families of either Reeva Steenkamp or Oscar Pistorius," says the distributor of the Lifetime channel in a statement.
A+E Networks Africa says Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer "is based on a true story and public records. It looks at events leading up to Reeva’s killing as well as the courtroom trials that followed".
A+E Networks says it "has noted the families’ statements in the media reports. We have not yet received any correspondence from either family’s lawyers".
"It is anticipated that the movie will elicit mixed reactions in South Africa due to the sensitive nature of the high profile court case which was widely followed".
Both the Steenkamp and Pistorius families have distanced themselves from the film.