Had she been in prison much longer, her health would surely have failed and she might have even died, Chase-Wright said.
”I’d kept a journal for two years and began meeting with writers to work on a script,” she said. “I had to find a way to take care of my mom’’ by telling her story and raising money to help rebuild her life.
At the time, Chase-Wright was a talent manager developing movies for TV and film. She knew she had a great story to tell.
”There was nothing I had to make up or change,” she said about the script. “For me, it wasn’t about telling the story for the benefit of others. It was about finding a way to take care of my mom so she could buy a house again.
”In my case, I sold the story four times off of a pitch,” she said. “I’d go into a room and give them a one-hour version of a two year experience.”
Three movie companies were interested in making Chase-Wright’s movie, but it didn’t come to fruition until she brought it to the Lifetime channel for consideration.
”The fourth time was a charm,” she said. “It was 14 years of sticking with it and trying.”
Along the way, Chase-Wright’s father died and she met her future husband, Michael Wright, president of TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies.
”By telling the story, it was a big weight off my shoulders and it was a way to help my mom,” she said.
Filming of the movie took place last summer in Columbia.
”When I arrived there, it reminded me of when I was there in 1997,” Chase-Wright said of when she was in South America fighting for her mother’s release. “And to see actors play out something that happened to you was really devastating.”