Lifetime has set a November premiere for Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer, a movie about the double-amputee Olympic sprinter-turned-convicted murderer.
Written by Amber Benson and co-produced by ThinkFactory Media, Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer tells the story of Pistorius, dubbed the Blade Runner, and his rise to fame as the first double-leg amputee to participate in the Olympics. Starring Andreas Damm (Elementary) in the title role, the movie chronicles Pistorius’ resilience to overcome his disability combined with his apparent fairy tale relationship with model Reeva Steenkamp (Toni Garrn). Everything shattered on Valentine’s Day night in 2013, when four bullets were fired and Reeva’s life was taken. Her shocking death and the courtroom drama that followed made international headlines.
Based on a true story and public records, the movie provides an inside look at the events leading up to Reeva’s killing, the cracks forming in the relationship between Oscar and Reeva, as well as the courtroom trials that followed, revealing what happened on that tragic night.
Pistorius was initially convicted of manslaughter for Steenkamp’s death and was released after serving one year of a five-year sentence. That conviction was later overturned by a South African appeals court and he was then convicted of the more serious charge of murder and sentenced to six years. The state appealed the six-year sentence, saying it was too short.The South Africa Supreme Court said Tuesday it will hear the state’s arguments on November 3.
Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer was produced by Eric Tomosunas and Swirl Films for Thinkfactory Media and executive produced by Leslie Greif. Norman Stone directs. Its TV world premiere is set for 8 PM November 11 on Lifetime.
The families did not participate in the making of this movie.