Knox previously expressed frustration that the film took inspiration from her connection to the death of her roommate. On July 29, she opined on Twitter that movies like Stillwater “profit off my name, face, & story without my consent,” while also doing damage to her reputation. Moreover, she asserted the films often center her in the narrative, rather than the victim and the families.
Her Twitter thread arose from McCarthy’s interview with Vanity Fair. At the time, he told the outlet that he and his co-writers were fascinated by Knox’s conviction and subsequent acquittals, sharing, “There were just so many layers to that story that kept anyone who was following pretty riveted.”
But, he also stated that they decided early on to “leave the Amanda Knox case behind” and create a wholly different story, one which is still centered around “an American woman studying abroad involved in some kind of sensational crime and she ends up in jail.”