Pistorius family vows legal action over Blade Runner Killer movie
The brother of Oscar Pistorius has said in a statement that the film, which is due to be released in November, "is a gross distortion".
Oscar Pistorius's family says it "will be taking legal action" against the producers of Blade Runner Killer, a film about the Olympian’s relationship with Reeva Steenkamp and the events leading to her tragic death.
Blade Runner Killer a "gross distortion"
Oscar's brother, Carl, released a statement on Tuesday in which he said that the Pistorius family distanced itself from the movie.
"The 'film' was made with blatant disregard of both the Steenkamp and Pistorius families, as well as complete disregard for Reeva and Oscar. Neither Oscar, the defense, or the family were involved in the production of this 'film' in any way," the statement read.
"The 'film' is not [a] true reflection of what happened on the day of this tragedy and the subsequent trial of the matter.
"The 'film' titled 'Oscar Pistorius: The Blade Runner Killer' is a gross distortion of the findings of the court. We will be taking legal action."
The Steenkamp family also released a statement saying that they do not approve of the film and are considering taking legal action.
According to the statement, the family is "horrified and upset" to read that the movie was told from Steenkamp and her mother's perspective.
Film due to be released in November
Blade Runner Killer was produced by Lifetime and is set to premiere in the US in November. It stars Andreas Damm, a South African actor based in New York and Toni Garrn, a German model and actress.
The trailer, released on Monday, has been heavily criticised.
Oscar Pistorius was convicted of murdering girlfriend Steenkamp by shooting her multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013. Pistorius claimed he mistook her for an intruder.
South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority wants to extend the sprinter's sentence from six to 15 years.