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:
WATCH: Trailer of the Oscar Pistorius movie chronicling the events of the night he shot & killed Reeva
Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer pic.twitter.com/wB369uSirA
— Phil Kgopolo Mphela (@PhilMphela) October 2, 2017
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.
Just saw the trailer for Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer. Looks like a student art project. Crap, if you will.
— Edward Swardt 🇿🇦 (@Infenes) October 2, 2017
Just watched the Oscar Pistorius trailer. Calling it trash would be inadequate. pic.twitter.com/bOCMT4SCtX
— Magwinya Connoisseur (@NkopaneSebako) October 2, 2017
Had my day ruined by the fact that there's already a movie about Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp.
— Xand Venturas (@XandVenturas) October 2, 2017
Others are critical of the fact that the movie was made by Americans, and for an American audience, with little South African representation.
The Oscar Pistorius trailer is not only disappointing but it's robbing Africans of their stories
— freedomfighter (@mzanzimgosi) October 2, 2017
The Oscar Pistorius movie... A lil worried about the execution. Seems rushed and with what's happening to SA women, I'm not sure about it.
— Ona 👑 (@kagisolatane) October 2, 2017
Side note: How TF is America getting to see the Oscar Pistorius movie before us? Aowa!
— M A W E T U 🇿🇦 (@MawetuMatyila) October 2, 2017
Some, simply don't see the point of this story being retold, especially so soon after his sentencing.
We really didn't need an Oscar Pistorius movie
— Boikanyo AF (@ThatoAllDay) October 2, 2017
We don't need a fucking Oscar Pistorius movie to remind us of what he did to Reeva. It played out on live TV! Blade Runner Killer must TSEK!
— Public Protester (@Pasco_e) October 2, 2017
Guys that Oscar Pistorius movie pic.twitter.com/kBaHZ3faJm
— Kim Premjith (@Forever_Kimxoxo) October 2, 2017
The movie will premiere in the U.S. on November 11, though we probably won't be watching.
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."
Oscar Pistorius - Media Statement 3 Oct 2017 with regards to @lifetimetv 'film' that has been produced: pic.twitter.com/ZXNwQMAZ7k
— Carl Pistorius (@carlpistorius) October 3, 2017