MySpace Suicide Case Gets Movie Treatment

The case of Megan Meier, a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide after being harassed by a former friend and the friend's mother, was tragic and sad and all over the headlines last year. And now, in the final act of media bad taste, it's going to be a movie.

This week's Production Weekly lists the project E-Venge, from the independent production company Rocklin Entertainment, with a description that deliberately references the Meier case: "Inspired by recent events, a grieving mother retaliates against those she feels were responsible for her daughter’s death." Well, in the Meier case, the grieving mother didn't go seeking revenge, Death Wish style, but in the movies, where there is the death of an innocent, there must be vigilante justice.

On one hand, I'm glad this case is still getting attention, and maybe this kind of ridiculous online bullying can be stopped. On the other hand, making it into a stupid vigilante movie seems precisely the wrong way to go about preventing violence. And on a third hand-- yes, I have a third hand, don't you?-- what the hell kind of title is E-Venge? It sounds like one of those made-up media words that never deserves to get traction, until someone goes and makes a movie with the title. Thanks guys.

Katey Rich

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend