The Jakarta Post
A local production house set to make a movie based on the life of murdered 8-year-old Engeline Margret Megawe but may face a lawsuit from the attorney of her adoptive mother.
Sonia Gandhi, the owner of Sonia Gandhi Cinema production house that hopes to produce the movie, said on Tuesday that the movie would be titled "Engline: The Inspiring True Story of Engline".
"We have casted the actors, made the soundtrack and casted the singer for the soundtrack. We will start production in February," Sonia told kompas.com adding that the movie was scheduled to be released in May.
Sonia explained that the film would be directed by TB Opi Sulaiman and told the story of a cheerful 8-year-old Engeline. The child must also face her abusive adoptive mother.
She said the whole story was based on the real life of Engline up to the mystery of her death.
"The storyline is Engeline's true story. We don't add anything for the movie. It also does not blame or judge people involved in Engeline's case," Sonia said.
The production house casted veteran actor Roy Marten to play Douglas, Engeline's adoptive father, Ida Zein as Margriet Christina Megawe, Krisna Mukti and Andi Soraya as Hamidah and Rosidik ' Engeline's biological parents ' and Tabulok as Agustinus Tay. Young actor Meylani Fahira was casted to play the main role of Engeline.
Meanwhile, prominent lawyer Hotma Sitompul who represented Engline's adoptive mother Margriet said on Thursday that [the family] was considering filing a lawsuit against the production company.
"Just try me. See if they dare to make the movie. The [murder] trial is still on going. I will ask [police] to arrest [the movie makers]," he said in the Denpasar district court in Bali as quoted by kompas.com.
Hotma said that people involved in the movie did not have empathy for those involved.
Margriet and her house helper Agustinus Tay had been named as suspects in the case and are being tried in Denpasar District Court.
"Regardless of who is guilty or not. Don't try to profit from other people's troubles. [If they proceed with the plan] we will sue the movie maker," he said.
The case shocked the nation last year after Engeline's body was found buried on the back yard of her mother's home. The case also brought attention to children protection and children abuse cases throughout the country. (rin)