HBO to Air Matthew Shepard Documentary

L A R A M I E, Wyo., Aug.9 -- HBO will produce and air a full-length movie based on the murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard.

New York City playwright Moises Kaufman will write the movie adaptation of his play The Laramie Project, a docudrama about the Shepard murder, said Chris Wiger of the Denver Center Theater.

The play has been performed nearly 100 times in Denver and off-Broadway in New York City.

The movie will be filmed in Laramie within the next year, Wiger said. The cast has not been chosen.

Decision QuestionedJim Mickelson, part-owner of the Fireside Bar in Laramie, does not like the idea of a movie.

“I don’t think Laramie needs a movie like that,” he said. The Fireside Bar is the place where Shepard met the two men who later beat him and left him to die outside of Laramie in October 1998.

Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson are both serving life terms in the Wyoming State Penitentiary for the killing.

Shepard’s murder became a rallying point for supporters of hate crimes legislation nationwide.