Princess Diana

Diana In Tiara

Wayfare Entertainment is still a relatively young production company with only three films under its belt (Sanctum, It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Ondine), and so far they haven’t made anything particularly dangerous. According to Deadline Hollywood, that may change. The production house has picked up a spec script called Inquest which revisits Princess Diana’s tragic 1997 vehicular death by framing it as a potential political conspiracy and viewing it through the eyes of a private investigator hired to uncover the truth. The script comes from first-timer Sam Cohen (which is apparently a pen name for Josh Simon, a development executive who used to be at Disney). No matter how polished, this project is undoubtedly going to cause some furor. Not only was Princess Diana beloved, her death was a modern touchstone that’s still felt by many. There were questions raised at the time, and like all modern, high-profile horrors, conspiracy theorists came out of the woodwork. To even appear to give those ideas credence will bother more than a few people, but it might just make for a thrilling plot. Wayfare might just develop a reputation after this one.

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Anyone can make a documentary that serves their own purpose, the real skill is presenting something analytically that explores the facts and encourages the audience to come to their own conclusions. The difficult prospect there of course is that no one really sets out to make a documentary that doesn’t touch controversial ground, so usually either the audience or the filmmaker themself will have some prefigured opinion on the subject that will color their judgement no matter what the doc says. And to a certain extent, it doesn’t matter what this documentary/expose by Keith Allen (father of Lily and co-creator of hit UK jingoistic single “Vindaloo”) succeeds or fails at because his subject matter is solid gold. Allen takes the opportunity in Unlawful Killing to probe analytically whether there was a cover up during the inquest into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, as well as driver Henri Paul in a Paris tunnel in 1997, or at least he claims that as his intention…

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