(K. Brent Tomer),
HOW do you dramatise the “Trial of the Century”? Some 150m people worldwide watched Orenthal James (“OJ”) Simpson be acquitted of murder on live television. In a nation enthralled by the fall of an American-football superstar, $480m was lost in economic productivity as people remained glued to blanket media coverage for over a year. Few remain unaware of the grisly details of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman’s murders on June 13th1994—and the epigrammatic closing argument of Johnnie Cochrane, Mr Simpson’s defense lawyer, has a place deep in America’s consciousness: “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” You could be forgiven for being sceptical of anyone promising anything new about the case.
The fame of the trial makes it a bold choice for the inaugural season of “American Crime Story”, a proposed anthology of “true crime” re-enactments. There is the dual challenge of telling a familiar tale in a new way while remaining faithful to the facts. Visual and factual accuracy was clearly a primary concern for producers—the recreation of the crime scene in the show’s opening minutes is…Continue reading