Whittley has worked primarily in marketing strategy, but chose the film about Banks to make a segue into executive producing.
“As an entrepreneur and marketing executive, I see marketing, strategy, and storytelling through a different lens. In an Executive Producer role, I am interested in films that inspire, educate, motivate, and enlighten those that may be less familiar with a particular subject matter and those with an affinity for the same,” Whittley said.
The film marks a transition for director Tom Shadyac as well. Shadyac has been best known for comedies (Evan Almighty, Patch Adams) but he has said he is now dedicated to creating purposeful art and highlighting injustice.
The Memphis-filmed movie stars Aldis Hodge as Banks and Greg Kinnear as Justin Brooks, the criminal defense attorney and Innocence Project co-founder.
After the ordeal, Banks moved on with his life without bitterness. He was married in 2015 according to TMZ, but both he and his wife, Emanuela Marinova filed for divorce less than two years later.
Banks’ accuser Wanetta Gibson who received a settlement from the school district at the time of the alleged rape was reportedly ordered to repay a $2.6 million judgement which includes a $750,000 settlement to the Long Beach United School District plus attorney fees, interest and more than $1 million in punitive damages.