Witherspoon developing ‘Bridge’

Hardwicke in talks to direct murder drama

Reese Witherspoon’s Type A Films is developing “Under the Bridge,” based on Rebecca Godfrey’s true-crime account of a brutal high school murder.

“Thirteen” helmer Catherine Hardwicke is in talks to direct the pic.

There’s no word yet on whether Witherspoon will star in “Bridge,” which will chronicle the 1997 killing of Reena Virk in British Columbia and the ensuing investigation and prosecution.

Godfrey, who’s from the same area, returned to her hometown to research the eight high schoolers who were charged in the case, investigating the cliques at the group’s well-off school as well as the life of Virk, the daughter of Indian immigrants. Two of the students were convicted in 2005.

Type A has bought both film rights to the book and life rights to Godfrey’s story, with the possibility of the author herself becoming a character in the pic.

Witherspoon is aboard to star in horror pic “Our Family Trouble,” which Type A is producing. It’s set up at Universal.

Hardwicke most recently directed “The Nativity Story” for New Line.

Type A Films produced “Penelope,” which IFC Films is releasing this summer, and also has the Lasse Hallstrom-helmed “Sammy” in production with Columbia.