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Oscar Pistorius' Family Is Suing Lifetime Over Upcoming Film

The Pistorius family plans to take legal action against Lifetime over the upcoming film.

A trailer for an upcoming Lifetime film based on the criminal case of former paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius who is set to serve six years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has been released, and it hasn't received the best reception from South Africans.


Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer was made entirely in the U.S., stars South African actor Andreas Damm as Pistorius and German model, Toni Garrn as Steenkamp.

According to Channel 24 News, neither Pistorius nor Steenkamp's families were consulted during the making of the film.

Watch the trailer below:

Reactions on social media have been largely unfavorable. Many are bashing the overall quality of the film—I mean, it is a Lifetime movie after all—and they're not mincing words.

Others are critical of the fact that the movie was made by Americans, and for an American audience, with little South African representation.

Some, simply don't see the point of this story being retold, especially so soon after his sentencing.

The movie will premiere in the U.S. on November 11, though we probably won't be watching.

UPDATE: 10/03/17

The Pistorius family is now suing Lifetime over the upcoming film, Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer.

The film was made with "blatant disregard for both the Steenkamp and Pistorius families, as well as a disregard for Reeva and Oscar," the family said in a statement shared via Twitter. "Neither Oscar, the defense or the family were involved in the production of this film in any way."

The family argues that the film is misleading, and leans towards prosecution's account of the events that occurred in Pistorius' case. "The 'film' is a gross misrepresentation of the truth. The 'film is rather a representation of what the prosecution tried to portray. We will be taking legal action."

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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