By Dan Lawrence | 8 seconds ago
Lots of things can disrupt a movie’s launch in theaters. A leading man embroiled in controversy, terrible reviews, the list goes on. It’s rare, however, that a film’s release is marred when the author of the book it serves as the source material is about to be questioned about a murder, but according to The Atlantic, that’s exactly what’s happening with the new Reese Witherspoon-produced film Where the crayfish sing.
The article, written by The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, notes that the disturbing scenario dates back to an ABC Newsmagazine broadcast turning pointthis was a dubbed documentary once in the mid-1990s Deadly Game: The Story of Mark and Delia Owens. The documentary focuses on the activities of Mark and Delia Owens and their son Christopher in the African nation of Zambia. The Owens family spent their time in the countryside rescuing elephants from local poachers. The premise sounds good-natured, but in a disturbing way, the ABC documentary captures the fatal shooting of a suspected poacher. Now decades later and days before the Reese Witherspoon-backed film adaptation of Delia Owens Where the crayfish sing On July 15, Lillian Shawa-Siyuni, Zambia’s chief prosecutor, said that Mark, Delia and Christopher Owens “are all wanted for questioning in this case, including Delia Owens”.
Where the crayfish sing has sold over 12 million copies worldwide since its release in 2018. The film adaptation has the aforementioned celebrity actress and Hollywood businesswoman Reese Witherspoon as producer, Olivia Newman as director, and stars Daisy Edgar-Jones (Fresh) starring Kya, a reclusive girl living in the North Carolina swamps who is a suspect in a murder investigation. It’s an ironic premise given the situation Delia Ownes finds herself in now. According to The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, his findings in investigating the troubling affairs in Zambia in the mid-1990s uncovered some alarming claims, which he published in an article entitled The hunted, written for the New Yorker. This article cites an interview with an ABC cameraman who filmed the shooting of the alleged poacher, and they claimed it was Delia’s son Christopher who took the shot. However, investigations at the time failed because a body (which appears to have been disposed of) was never found.
More chilling claims come from The Atlantic’s article, which says the Owens abusively treated local boy scouts and essentially ran an anti-poaching militia while in Zambia. However, if you ask Delia Owens about the sad scenario, the author naturally denies knowledge of such events, particularly the televised killing of the alleged poacher, and says Jeffrey Goldberg; “We don’t know anything about it.” Given that decades after the incident, Zambian authorities want to question the Owens family in connection with the incident and the amount of evidence Goldberg has amassed, things are not looking good for the best-selling author, and again it’s not the guy Advertisements will want Reese Witherspoon to surround her new movie. In view of The Hollywood Reporter writes; “Where the crayfish sing is the kind of boring moral fantasies that fuel America’s misguided idealism,” perhaps more bad reviews will snuff out the film’s flame before controversy can.