October 28, 2005

‘Dr. Death’ coming to big screen

By Tatiana Siegel

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - An unpublished biography
of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the incarcerated proponent of
physician-assisted suicide, is being turned into a movie by
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple.

"You Don't Know Jack" will be based on the book of the same
name, written by Kevorkian's assistant of 25 years, Neal Nicol,
and the doctor's neighbor and lifelong friend, Harry Wylie. The
project marks the first time the 77-year-old physician,
nicknamed Dr. Death, has fully authorized anyone to tell his

"The film will examine the fascinating life of man who is a
household name, yet no one knows his actual story," said the
film's producer, Steve Jones. "It's not a film about euthanasia
but instead a look at a passionate man who spent his entire
life fighting for rights he believes that every human should

Kevorkian is serving the seventh year of a 15- to 25-year
prison sentence.

Barbara Turner will write the script. Her credits include
"Pollock," which garnered a best supporting actress Academy
Award for Marcia Gay Harden. Kopple won her Oscars for "Harlan
County, USA" and "American Dream."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter