Lifetime To Do Chris Porco Movie With Matt Barr, Eric McCormack & Lolita Davidovich

EXCLUSIVE: Lifetime is turning another infamous real-life crime story into a TV movie with Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story. Matt Barr, Eric McCormack and Lolita Davidovich star in the project, inspired by the true story of Christopher Porco, who was convicted of killing his father and attempting to murder his mother. Written by Edithe Swensen and to be directed by Norma Bailey, Romeo Killer centers on beloved, handsome college student Chris Porco (Barr), who was every girl’s dream in the small town of Delmar, NY. Porco was accused of brutally murdering his father and disfiguring his mother, Joan (Davidovich), in a savage ax attack, a claim made all the more shocking when a local police detective (McCormack) believed the mother identified Chris as her attacker. Also cast in the movie is Emily Bett Rickards (Arrow), who plays Lauren Phillps, a young love interest of the accused killer who had maintained his innocence. The film is executive produced by Steve Solomos, Harvey Kahn, Michael Jaffe of Michael Jaffe Films and Ilene Kahn Power of Kahn-Powers Pictures.

This marks Perception star McCormack’s return to Lifetime where he toplined another ripped-from-the headlines movie, Who Is Clark Rockefeller? It also brings Barr back to A+E Networks after his breakout role in the blockbuster History miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. Porco’s story has been extensively covered on TV, including a one-hour documentary on CBS’ 48 Hours Mystery and an episode of the truTV’s Forensic Files. Additionally, a 2009 episode of CBS’ CSI titled “Bloodsport” featured an attack similar to the one Porco was convicted of.

Comments (40)

  • More of the same Lifetime Dreck…

    Comment by Mer — Friday November 30, 2012 @ 1:39pm PST  
  • Always glorifying white criminals. Gotta love Lifetime.

    Comment by Bob — Friday November 30, 2012 @ 2:36pm PST  
    • GTFO of here with that crap

      Comment by Sam — Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 8:47am PST  
  • “Romeo” killer? Really?
    Not quite the way the whole thing played locally.

    Comment by Watcher — Saturday December 1, 2012 @ 8:13am PST  
  • I went to school with Porco, and he was NOT “every girl’s dream”. What a load of crap.

    Comment by Don — Saturday December 1, 2012 @ 8:24am PST  
    • Yea I knew him too….BIG exaggeration

      Comment by Anonymous — Sunday December 2, 2012 @ 10:04am PST  
    • I second that..

      Comment by courtney — Sunday December 2, 2012 @ 10:07am PST  
      • Agreed!! I also knew him in high school. Where did they get that from?

        Comment by Anon — Monday December 10, 2012 @ 3:15pm PST  
  • One of the magazine shows already did a story on this it was enough. This is not something to be celebrated it was a tragedy for a family and an entire community. What is wrong with Lifetime TV executives?

    Comment by Jane Keyes — Saturday December 1, 2012 @ 10:33am PST  
  • The Porco’s lived around the corner from my family, after living through this and knowing what a wonderful man his father was and how broken his mother is, this bothers me…

    Comment by Maggie — Saturday December 1, 2012 @ 10:52am PST  
  • Being a girl who grew up in the “small town of Delmar, NY” I can guarantee that this loser was neither beloved nor considered handsome, and he certainly wasn’t every girl’s dream. Seems to me all this movie is doing is inflating his already immense ego. Why not focus on all the good his parents did for the area rather than romanticize a sociopathic murderer?

    Comment by Sarah — Saturday December 1, 2012 @ 10:59am PST  
    • Sarah, I could not agree with you more. I also went to school with him and he was in my youth group (what a joke). Porco was an annoying ugly prick. And his lover Lauren Phillips (aka Kelly Rider) is just as crazy as him.

      Comment by DB — Saturday December 1, 2012 @ 3:24pm PST  
  • Delmar is a hamlet. It is the Town of Bethlehem. And seriously another show about this sociopath …….

    Comment by Karen — Saturday December 1, 2012 @ 12:26pm PST  
  • I knew Chris Porco in high school and he was not any girls dream…just a psychopath nerd

    Comment by Chantel Gibson — Saturday December 1, 2012 @ 12:33pm PST  
  • Romeo? He was not. I grew up in the “small town of Delmar, NY” and the guy was a clown.

    Comment by Leah Blodgett — Saturday December 1, 2012 @ 2:14pm PST  
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