- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2006

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES — The explosive story of Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman who became a symbol of the fight over euthanasia, could become a Hollywood movie, industry reports say.

A year after Mrs. Schiavo died of starvation and dehydration because of the removal of her feeding tube, a team of producers has bought the rights to make a movie out of husband Michael Schiavo’s just-published book “Terri: The Truth,” Daily Variety said this week.

Mrs. Schiavo died after a bitter and divisive years-long battle between Mr. Schiavo and the woman’s parents over whether she should be deprived of her food and water tubes after she had spent years with minimal brain activity in what was diagnosed as a persistent vegetative state.

“The story is almost Shakespearean in the warring of the families and the great love story between the [couple],” Marvin Minoff told Daily Variety. He was one of four producers to option the rights to Mr. Schiavo’s book.

“It starts off so beautifully and then ends so chaotically,” said Mr. Minoff, who bought the movie rights along with his production partner, Mike Farrell, as well as with partners Lawrence Bender and Kevin Brown.

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