January 10, 2006

German cannibal finds film distasteful

By Scott Roxborough

COLOGNE, Germany (Hollywood Reporter) - A German cannibal
is taking legal action to stop the release of the horror film
"Butterfly: A Grimm Love Story," which he claims is based on
his life.

Keri Russell ("Felicity") stars as a graduate student
researching imprisoned cannibal Simon Grobeck (Thomas
Kretschmann). Russell is drawn into Grobeck's world and becomes
obsessed with the Internet cannibal community. "Butterfly" is
scheduled for a March 9 release in Germany.

But not if Armin Meiwes, who was sentenced to
eight-and-a-half years in prison for eating a man he met over
the Internet, has his way. In a statement Monday, Meiwes's
lawyer, Harald Ermel, said the film is a "slavish re-enactment"
of the real-life events and his client did not give permission
to producer Atlantic Streamline to fictionalize his story.

"I feel used," said Meiwes, who filmed the killing and
confessed to the crime but denied it was murder since his
victim volunteered to be eaten.

Berlin-based distributor Senator Film said it had no plans
to pull "Butterfly," which was directed by Martin Weisz.

Meiwes goes before court again Thursday in the second stage
of his trial. He faces life imprisonment. His lawyer said
Meiwes wanted to prevent "Butterfly" from depicting a "false
and stigmatized" version of cannibalism that could adversely
affect the trial's outcome.

Meiwes also is suing German rock band Rammstein, claiming
its song "Mein Teil" (My Piece) refers to his case.

Meiwes has given Hamburg production company Stampfwerk the
rights to his story. Stampfwerk is producing a 90-minute
documentary on Meiwes and his trial.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter