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Movie makers still pursuing Evil ObsessionTell North Platte what you think
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Manciero and Robinson in the area where Cook's farm once stood, January

Two would-be filmmakers want make a movie about the notorious Annie Cook of days past, but they have not been able to get the financing arranged.

The movie has been planned for more than a year. The script is written. An advance trailer is published. Locations have been selected and preliminary discussions held with actors.

But the money has not arrived.

"We're still stuck in the immensely frustrating waiting game…," co-producer Jon Robinson said. "The money is committed, but we've been waiting for these processes to finish since July 29."

Reportedly, a foreign investment company is interested in putting up some of the $3 million that is expected to be needed for the film, but the movement of the money from overseas is a complicated process, thanks to the involvement of the Homeland Security Agency, Robinson has said.

Robinson and co-producer Robert Manciero wanted to start filming last fall on location in Lincoln County, but the date is continually pushed back, as the Bulletin reported in January. Nothing much has changed since.

Both producers toured the area during the Christmas holidays, looking at potential locations.

They looked at Cook's gravestone, the place where her house used to stand, along with the nearby Platte Valley School, the nearby Carsten farm, downtown Dewey St. and historic houses in town.

The producers plan to use period farm equipment from the Lincoln County Historical Museum and shoot some of the film at then-county attorney Sam Diedrichs' house, as well as the house owned by Kaycee Anderson, which is thought to have been built for the North Platte Station -- a military post in the 1800s.

They also said that some North Platte actors would be extras in the film, including Carolyn Clark, who has portrayed Cook often during reenactments in cemetery tours.

The film, if it is shot, will be based on the book by Nellie Snyder Yost, the most successful author in North Platte history. Yost published the gritty, real-life story in 1991. Book sales have remained steady for more than 20 years.

According to the Evil Obsession move website, "Annie Cook infected the 1930s Nebraska landscape with terror, lust, and greed to build a depraved criminal empire…until the least likely of her victims proved that….“Although Evil is contagious….So is Goodness.”

The movie will pit Cook, a pie-baking, pitchfork-wielding psychopath, against her polar opposite, an odd but brave young girl named Ruth Spangler who refuses to look the other way as Annie infects the town with terror, lust, greed and savagery."

The Evil Obsession movie website is HERE.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/29/2014
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