Lifetime has greenlit production on original movie “Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story,” with Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“According to Jim”) and Annabella Sciorra (“The Sopranos”) to topline.
Granada America is producing the project in association with Blue Andre Prods. Exec producers are Blue Andre, Stephen Davis (“Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story”) and Jody Brockway (“Maiden Voyage”).
Deena Goldstone (“Drinking: A Love Story”) wrote the script to be directed by Robert Dornhelm (“Spartacus”).
Pic, slated for a November premiere, is based on the true story of Brown (Williams-Paisley), whose identity is stolen by a woman (Sciorra) who racks up thousands of dollars in bills and, in a bizarre twist, tries to become Brown via plastic surgery.
“Every six minutes in America someone’s identity is stolen, making this crime a growing and frightening national problem,” said Lifetime longform topper Trevor Walton.
Partially as a result of efforts from the real-life Brown, HR 1731, a U.S. bill exacting stricter penalties for identity theft crime, was signed into law Thursday.
“There is no better illustration of the horror of identity theft than the experience of Michelle Brown,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). “This movie will tell Americans her story and help us contain this rapidly growing crime.”