Susan Wright portrayed as 'Blue-eyed Butcher' in made-for-TV movie


by Courtney Zubowski / KHOU 11 News

Posted on February 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 15 at 10:36 AM

HOUSTON -- It was a horrible Houston crime that led to a dramatic courtroom recreation showing how the victim was stabbed nearly 200 times. Now, people across the country will see the Susan Wright case play out on television.

Wright is serving a 20-year prison sentence for stabbing her husband Jeffrey to death in Houston in 2003.

Hollywood's version of her story will be told in "Blue-eyed Butcher," which premieres next month on Lifetime.

Lisa Edelstein, who has a recurring role on the CBS show "The Good Wife," will play prosecutor Kelly Siegler.

During Wright’s first trial in 2004, Siegler had a bed pulled into the courtroom and jumped on top of fellow prosecutor Paul Doyle. Doyle is also portrayed in the movie.

"It’s going to be interesting. I can’t imagine he’ll ever be able to live up to my talents, but you know, LA does it best," chuckled Doyle. "I anticipate there’s going to be some holes in how it’s presented. You’ve got two hours, an hour to get a lifetime of television. I think it’s going to be tough for them."

Houston attorney Brian Wice was Wright’s attorney during her resentencing trial. He got her punishment knocked down from 25 years to 20.

His character has also been cast in the movie.

"I’m concerned about who they recruited to play me because apparently, Jeremy Piven, Ari Gold -- one of my favorites, was unavailable. Michael Keaton [was] on another project," said Wice.

Several other people who played a role in the investigation, and in the trial, will be portrayed in the movie.

There aren’t any watch parties planned just yet.

"If they want to fly us out to LA, we’ll take them up on it," said Doyle.

"Blue-eyed Butcher" airs on March 3.