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Patty Hearst movie canceled at Fox after heiress blasts film

Twentieth Century Fox killed a planned movie about Patty Hearst’s 1974 kidnapping after criticism from the newspaper heiress.

Hearst, the granddaughter of media mogul William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped in 1974 from her Berkeley apartment by members of the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Two months later, Hearst announced that she had joined the SLA when she was caught on tape participating in an armed bank robbery.

After 19 months on the run, Hearst was captured and served 22 months in prison. Her sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter and she was eventually pardoned by President Bill Clinton.

She claimed that she had been brainwashed by the group and endured rape and torture.

The ordeal was set for adaptation into a James Mangold-directed film, starring Elle Fanning and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, before it was pulled.

“Twentieth Century Fox Film and its production partners have decided to cancel the studio’s planned project based on the book ‘American Heiress,’” a spokesperson for the studio said in a statement.

On Thursday, Hearst blasted the movie and several other projects in the works about the kidnapping, specifically calling out Jeffrey Toobin, the author of the unauthorized 2016 biography “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst.”

Toobin’s book is the basis for the feature film and he also serves as an executive producer on the upcoming six-part CNN documentary, “The Radical Story of Patty Hearst,” which is slated to begin Feb. 11.

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Article source: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/patty-hearst-movie-canceled-fox-heiress-blasts-film-article-1.3752423

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