Posted on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
One of Frank Darabont‘s upcoming projects is Tokyo Rose, the Iva Toguri D’Aquino biopic. Our friends at Collider talked to screenwriter Christopher Hampton who offered a few new details.
“[It’s] based on the story of Tokyo Rose, who was a Japanese American woman who was arrested in Tokyo right after the War, brought back to San Francisco, put on trial for radio propaganda and sentenced to eight years imprisonment and she was completely innocent. It was all a witch hunt. She was absolutely innocent and eventually, in the 70’s, she was given a Presidential Pardon by President Ford.”
“I started off with a two hundred and something page screenplay because there was so much material and her trial happened to be the longest and most expensive in American legal history at the time, in the late 40’s. There were 54 volumes of trail transcripts, six thousand pages. So it’s all been going slowly…” Hampton said. “The contours of the story are beginning to emerge and I’m starting to know what I can throw away and what I have to keep and what I don’t need. But that’s with a biographical project. “
Hamtpon confirms that Darabont plans to shoot the project after Fahrenheit 451 (“Fahrenheit is his passion project that he’s had waiting to go for years and years and years. So he’s very excited about that. But we’ll see as you can never predict what will happen.”