Director Jim Sheridan will make a new 90-minute documentary about the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.
It will focus on the current review of the open Garda case, as well as the French murder ending in which Sheridan believes the answer to the riddle of the 26-year-old’s murder may be found.
The film will likely air later this year.
It will also feature an extensive interview with a key witness, Marie Farrell, who claims to have seen Sophie followed in Schull, west Cork, on the day she was killed and identified a possible suspect in France for gardai.
However, she is also the same person who falsely claimed to have seen suspect Ian Bailey wash her blood from her boots near Sophie’s home hours after she was beaten to death and was told by the suspect gardai say so.
She had to leave her shop in Cork and make a new life in another part of the country, such was the intense scrutiny placed upon her in relation to her case.
Sheridan, 73, said: “I have spent over seven years investigating this murder and I am convinced Sophie was killed by someone she knew, reports The Mirror.
The Oscar-nominated director, who made My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father, said Sophie’s late husband Daniel was a dark horse who behaved suspiciously over the days, weeks and years following the brutal murder of Sophie, his beautiful young wife.
He said: “He deliberately refused to be interviewed by gardai who went to Paris to see him after her death and instead made a statement to the French police, which was of little use to the Irish detectives,” reports The Mirror.
Sheridan does not believe Ian Bailey is the killer and has said there is “zero evidence” against him.
He added: “If Bailey was charged he would never get a fair trial in Ireland. He has been tried by the media and people have already made their mind up on him one way or the other on him,” reports The Mirror.
Also, there was no break-in at Sophie’s home, no sexual assault, and she was killed in a frenzy, which seems to support Sheridan’s theory.
Initially shown on Sky, the director’s five-part series Murder At the Cottage: The Search For Justice For Sophie was watched by millions around the world and enjoyed huge audiences in the United States.
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