Witherspoon to produce film on Canadian teen’s murder

Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon‘s production company, Type A Films, is developing a film about the 1997 murder of 14-year-old Reena Virk in British Columbia. She was swarmed and beaten by eight teenagers who stubbed out cigarettes on her skin and tried to set her hair on fire. The beating ended when one of the girls told the others to stop. Virk was then followed by two of the teens and beaten again, dragged under a bridge and drowned in a river. Her body was found eight days later with head injuries severe enough to have killed her if she hadn’t drowned. Six girls involved in the first beating were given minor sentences and have since been released. Another girl, Kelly Ellard, who was responsible for the murder, received a life sentence. The only boy, Warren Glowatski, was also sentenced to life but has since been released on day parole. Type A Films will partner with Canadian production companies Brightlight Pictures and Rhombus Media to produce the film, called Under the Bridge, based on the 2005 book of the same name by by Rebecca Godfrey. “We are committed to bringing Under the Bridge to the big screen and making a film that does this story justice,” Type A Films said in a statement.

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  1. B Legere • April 22, 2010 @ 12:02 PM

    I’m glad to see that her company is going to handle this sensitive story.Reena didn’t in any way deserve how she was treated.I live in the city where it happened and my commute takes me over that bridge nearly everyday.Lets hope that her company can help reduce the incidences of bullying by showing how destructive and deadly it can be.

  2. ruth • April 22, 2010 @ 1:47 PM

    I’m so glad they are making a movie about this girl. She did not deserve to die let alone like this! Bring on the movie and let all the teens see it.

  3. Wendy • April 22, 2010 @ 3:09 PM

    I just hope the family was consulted…..they went through so much with there being as many trials as there were….I would hope the industry would consider the family’s wishes before bring this tragedy to the big screen.

  4. Ashley • April 22, 2010 @ 3:21 PM

    iam super glad they are making a movie about her. She deserves to be remembered she did not deserve what happened to her. Its very sad I live where it happened, it just sickens me of what happened. I hope it teaches teens that bullying is not accepable.

  5. kayla • April 22, 2010 @ 4:54 PM

    We were just speaking about Reena Virk the other day, noting how her death is one of those that needs to be remembered.

    KELLY ELLARD WAS THEN, AND IS STILL CURRENTLY, AN UNREPETANT SAVAGE! She is a younger version of Carla Homolka.

    Good for Reece for understanding that this is a story that needs to be told, especially during these days of rampant bullying .

    Here’s hoping PHOEBE PRINCE’S assailants get the punishments they deserve, especially that boyfriend.
    Anyone remember the Preppy Murderer ROBERT CHAMBERS?

    “Why are people so eager to be so cruel”–Blue Rodeo, Diamond Mine.

  6. tributegirl • April 22, 2010 @ 4:55 PM

    I agree, I think this is a good thing, and all young people should see it, I really hope they do a good job making this movie. I wonder if they will include all the returns to the courtroom that Virk has caused? She’s been trying pretty much since she got caught to have it all deemed a mistrial so she can try to get off. That must be so d*mn hard for the family, she should just admit what she did, and let them move on. If possible.

  7. Mary • April 22, 2010 @ 8:56 PM

    I agree with Kayla. Kelly Ellard is unrepentent. You can see the hate in her eyes when she’s been on TV, she has a very defiant attitude. She needs to stay where she is so she can’t harm anyone else.The trouble is sooner or later she’ll be free to do what she wants because some idiot will say she’s been rehabilitated and out she comes.

  8. Angie • April 23, 2010 @ 12:45 AM

    When Kelly Ellard was out on bail when her second verdict was on appeal, she beat up this old lady in a park in my neighbourhood. She is PURE EVIL. She makes Carla Homokla look like an angel.

  9. demigod • April 23, 2010 @ 1:49 AM

    No one can make Homolka look like an angel. She was involved in raping, killing her own sister (among others), cutting her up and disposing of the remains. Top that.

  10. J. • April 23, 2010 @ 3:26 AM

    “No one can make Homolka look like an angel. She was involved in raping, killing her own sister (among others), cutting her up and disposing of the remains. Top that.”

    And she’s now out of jail and has had a child.

  11. JAG • April 23, 2010 @ 2:02 PM

    I really wish they would bring back the Death Penalty to deal with scum like Homolka and Ellard. People like that don’t deserve to live and breathe let alone ever see the light of day again.

    I can’t beleive that someone hasn’t taken them out yet or that Homolka was allowed to give birth. That poor child. What a way to grow up, to learn that your mother is a pyscho murderer with not an ounce of compassion for even her own blood. Yeah, that will turn out badly.

  12. tributegirl • April 23, 2010 @ 3:11 PM

    I agree, JAG, the money we are spending to keep these people in jail, then WE are giving them a large stipend every month (what for? they didn’t earn it, and all of their needs are taken care of), AND now we learn that these murderers, child molesters, etc, are eligible for pardon!!! INSANE!!! Only in Canada, eh?
    btw, Holmolka will be eligible to apply for a pardon before the end of this year, and the majority of requests are granted. How’s that for justice?

  13. mandee • April 23, 2010 @ 7:45 PM

    demigod on April 23, 2010 1:49 AM and the disgusting part is she was let out of prison and allowed to change her name, get married and have her own baby. it sickens me to no friggen end.

    j haha just read your comment. 😛 beat me to it !

    tg, thats sick. i agree they need to bring back the death penalty.

    i read another story that was sick that this article reminds me of, it was about a girl and her sister and they had a flat tire because these 2 men slit the tire and said theyd drive the girls home, well instead they drove them to a bridge raped (i think just one of them) and flung them both off the bridge, the youngest one died and the older one lived a really depressing life and eventually killed herself by jumping off the same bridge her and her sister were thrown off of. i cant believe how heartless and cold people are, and i cant believe the justice system basically lets people away with murder. everyone that was involved in the death of the girl in the article should have gotten life without the possibility of parole. 🙁

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