Watch The Trailer For The Really Low-Budget Thriller 'Dorner: Manifesto For Murder'
It's finally happening: the cinematic, Rambo-esque story of ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner is being turned into a really, really, really low-budget thriller.
The trailer for Dorner: Manifesto For Murder was released earlier this summer, and it's slated to be released on Vimeo on demand
and theaters (supposedly!) in two months. The film, which was written, produced, and directed by 53-year-old Tim Pipher, is "inspired by actual events" that transpired exactly a year ago. (Unfortunately, this film was not able to snag LL Cool J for the title role.)
The trailer describes him "as a psychopathic killer to some, an innocent victim trying to clear his name to others":
You'll be presented with the story of a hero, of desperate pursuits for easy money, a media gone wild, and a massive police cover-up. Finally, you'll meet the true vigilante whose justice rained down with a fury that only love could inspire.
There's a scene that shows Dorner furiously typing out his notorious manifesto, ladies in tight, short dresses (for whatever reason) and lots of shooting.
"From watching the trailer, you might get the idea that this is a real shoot 'em up movie, but it's really not," Pipher told LAist. "Most of his shootings are portrayed, as well as shootings that I believe may have been indirectly a result of Dorner's rampage, but these are spread out over a 95 minute movie—the trailer puts many of them together over a short span. The real tone of the movie comes from the chase—not only by the authorities, but by citizens chasing the $1,000,000 reward."
Pipher says the film was shot in four days, and from the looks of it, it was mostly shot in front of green screens. Some of the movie is fictionalized. "Most of the fiction involves the stories of various regular people who were chasing the actual $1,000,000 reward being offered by various entities," Pipher said. "Conspiracy theories are thrown in, including a theory that Dorner's body was moved to the burned cabin in Big Bear. And in this movie, a TV morning news team was directly involved in the chase— that's pure fiction."
Pipher was surprised (though we weren't!) to find out that there "was a certain percentage of the population who were actually cheering this guy on—who thought he was the victim just trying to clear his good name."