Lawyers for Amanda Knox, the 23-year-old American convicted of murder in Italy, plan to try to halt production of a Lifetime telepic based on her story starring Hayden Panetierre, reports Nick Vivarelli of Variety.

… “It is inconceivable to make a film (about Amanda Knox) when a final verdict on this case has not been reached,” Maria Del Grosso, a member of Knox’s legal team, complained to Italian news agency Adnkronos.

“If the film were to be shown before the end of the appeals trial we will request for it to be seized (by authorities),” warned Giulia Bongiorno, an attorney for Sollecito. …

In accordance with Italian law, which allows several levels of appeal, the second Knox trial is expected to be followed by a third trial, regardless of the verdict, since it is likely that either the defendants or the prosecution will file another appeal. Given Italy’s snail-paced legal system, a final verdict in the Knox case is therefore unlikely in 2011.

Lifetime’s “Knox” marks the first announced project based on the case, which remains controversial. …