Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Torchwood) stars as Rusty Sabich, a judge charged with the murder of his wife, a situation that comes 20 years after he was cleared in the death of his mistress. During this latest trial, a secret affair from Rusty's recent past threatens to hamper his defense and fracture his relationship with his son. Oscar® winner Marcia Gay Harden (Pollack, Damages) plays Rusty's wife, while Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, Law & Order: LA) is his friend and defense attorney.
Scott Turow's Innocent is a sequel to Turow's bestseller Presumed Innocent. The movie is written and directed by Mike Robe.
The made-for-cabel movie was also the topic of a New York Times article, "Made-for-TV Movies, Reborn on Cable," by Kathryn Shattuck in the Sunday Arts section.
IT’S a scene a movie studio might once have spilled a little blood for: Bill Pullman, stepping into the shoes of Harrison Ford as Rusty Sabich, the prosecutor turned suspected murderer in “Presumed Innocent,” the 1990 hit based on the thriller by Scott Turow. Marcia Gay Harden as Rusty’s brilliantly deranged spouse. Alfred Molina as the defense lawyer Sandy Stern. And Mr. Turow himself, who, despite initial resistance to writing a sequel, revisiting the Sabich saga some 20 years later.
But these days it’s exactly the kind of movie a studio probably wouldn’t touch. Instead “Scott Turow’s Innocent,” which now places Sabich behind the murder of his wife, brings its pedigree to cable television, increasingly the home for Hollywood types who crave adult-oriented drama.
“Innocent,” to be shown on Nov. 29, is the first entry of TNT’s “Mystery Movie Night,” weekly adaptations of novels by Sandra Brown, Lisa Gardner, Richard North Patterson, April Smith, Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark, starring veterans like Dermot Mulroney, Anne Heche, Judd Hirsch and Jane Alexander.
For Mr. Turow, “the biggest benefit is that it gets made,” he said, noting that his novel “Innocent,” published in May 2010, took months to become a television movie versus years of feature development.
In addition to his novels, Turow is also the author of, Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty. It's an excellent primer on capital punishment from a talented writer.
Ultimate Punishment is drawn from his service on the Illinois Governor's Commission on Capital Punishment. The Illinois Commission was appointed in 2000 by then-Governor George Ryan after he imposed a moratorium on executions. The Commission's report was issued in 2002. Earlier this year, with the moratorium still in place, Illinois replaced its death penalty with a sentence of life without parole.