Monterey Media has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to “The Pardon,” starring Jaime King in the true story of the only woman ever executed in the state of Louisiana.
In the film directed by Tom Anton, the “Hart of Dixie” actress stars opposite John Hawkes as Toni Jo Henry, who was tried three times and executed in Louisiana in 1942 at the age of 26.
Henry had been a prostitute and addict married to a boxer, who was sentenced to prison in 1940. She teamed with the boxer’s partner (played by Hawkes) in an ill-fated attempt to break her husband out of jail.
“I was fascinated when filmmaker Tom Anton brought us this lovingly re-created and compelling story,” said Scott Mansfield of Monterey Media. “Since 1903, 50 women have ever been executed in the U.S. By comparison, since 1976, almost 1,400 men have been put to death.”
Monterey Media plans a late spring release.
The deal was negotiated between Mansfield and Shoreline Entertainment’s Sam Eigen and Brian Sweet.