Get this bit of news, Digital Spy is reporting a story that apparently originated in the Daily Mail saying that Scarlett Johansson may be the frontrunner for a movie role based on the life of Natascha Kampusch. Who is Natascha Kampusch you ask? Here is the lowdown from Wikipedia:
Natascha Kampusch (born 17 February 1988) is an Austrian teenager who was abducted at the age of 10 on 2 March 1998, and remained in custody of her kidnapper, Wolfgang Priklopil, for more than eight years, until she fled on 23 August 2006.
Obviously the story is going to have to be altered considering Johansson is obviously not 10-years-old but what a wicked story! However, the story has a twist… it isn’t as twisted as you may think. Granted being abducted and held captive for eight years isn’t fun but Wikipedia continues by telling us Kampusch wasn’t tortured, in fact it was quite the opposite:
Kampusch was held in a very small, secret room for the period of her confinement, widely referred to in the media as a “dungeon.” The entrance was hidden behind a cupboard in Priklopil’s garage. The room had no windows or daylight. Kampusch was not allowed to leave the tiny space at night in the first years of her imprisonment. For the first six months of her captivity she was confined to the small chamber day and night. Afterwards, she spent increasing amounts of time upstairs in the rest of the house, but each night was sent back to the dungeon for sleeping, and also while Priklopil was working. In later years, the room was remodelled according to Kampusch’s specifications. When the police found the room, it contained a ladder leading to a bed over a nightstand with a drawer, shelves, a TV, a desk and chair, a toilet and sink, hooks and hangers for clothes, a ventilator that pumped air into the cell, and a bell for Natascha to ring if she needed anything. The room was cluttered with papers, books, clothes, boxes, games and water bottles. From June 2005, she had been allowed to walk in the garden. Only after 17 February 2006 had her kidnapper allowed her to leave the house on occasion. He later took her on a skiing trip, during which time she did not have a chance to escape.
While it isn’t a sordid tale it does open some doors for a crazy plotline that could go a variety of ways, especially considering Priklopil committed suicide after her escape by jumping in front of a train.
Damn, now that is not going to be the traditional Hollywood ending. To learn more about the whole scenario check out the Wikipedia page here.