Viewers outraged as The Gabby Petito Story begins filming: ‘Making a movie of this tragic story is disgusting’

Lifetime Network has sparked fan outrage following its upcoming film That Gabi Petito story was spotted filming near Salt Lake City, Utah.

The film, which is based on 22-year-old Gabby Petito, whose death became widely known in 2021, was given the green light by the network in May. Petito’s family reportedly does not agree to the production of this film.

Photos from the shoot were released on Monday (June 27), days after a confession from Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie’s notebook was released. In it, Laundrie wrote that he “ended her life” because he wanted to “take away” from Petito’s pain.

Twitter users have widely condemned the upcoming film.

“I won’t watch. I already know this is not the Petito/Schmidt family saying this is fine. Poor family can’t even get a break,” said one user.

Another wrote: “And it will have the twist of ‘Hollywood’ which will make an already awful story even worse.”

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito


“I won’t watch! I wish we could start a petition to stop this! It sucks!” someone else said.

A number of people suggested Lifetime was “trying to make money off a tragedy.”

“To make a film out of this tragic story is bloody gross. Everyone involved is gross,” wrote another.

The story of Gabby Petito is directed by child star Thora Birch (best known for Purple ogre). She will also appear as Nicole Schmidt, Petito’s mother.

The film follows the release of Peacock’s 2021 documentary The Murder of Gabby Petito: Truth, Lies, and Social Media.

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Petito, a rising social media star who went missing while on a cross-country road trip from New York to Oregon with her fiancé Laundrie in late August 2021, was strangled to death. Her body was found in a national park in Wyoming.

More than a month later, human skeletal remains found at Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park were confirmed to be those of her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.

Autopsy results showed that Laundrie died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and a notebook found next to the remains contained a note claiming responsibility for the murder.

Laundrie claimed in the confession that Petito was injured after falling into a stream before her death. “I found her breathing heavily, panting my name, freezing cold,” he wrote.

He claimed she was “gasping in pain and begging for an end to her pain.”

The story of Gabby Petito is scheduled to premiere later this year as part of Lifetime’s Stop Violence Against Women campaign.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/gabby-petito-story-lifetime-film-outrage-b2110506.html Viewers outraged as The Gabby Petito Story begins filming: ‘Making a movie of this tragic story is disgusting’


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