It appears Jennifer Wilbanks, the so-called runaway bride, is now making a run for the money, having signed a $500,000 deal with a media company pitching a movie to television networks.
The Georgia woman became notorious earlier this year when she left her fiance, John Mason, sparking a nationwide manhunt, as authorities were unsure if she had become a victim of foul play.
“I am looking forward to developing the scripted project with Wilbanks and Mason,” New York agent Judith Regan said in a statement. “Theirs is an unexpected and compelling story of love and forgiveness that has certainly taught me a thing or two.”
But not everyone is as thrilled about the deal as Regan.
“It’s disturbing to me on a personal basis that she’s willing to profit from this, but there’s nothing I can do about it legally,” Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “There was no condition of probation that could have prevented it.”
Wilbanks’ attorney, Lydia Sartain, said Jennifer should do “whatever she needs to do” to profit from her case.
“She lost her job. She’s got bills to pay,” Sartain told the Times of Gainesville, Ga. “I think she has been so tortured by the media and some of the other wackos in the public.”
Wilbanks has already reimbursed the city of Duluth, Ga., $13,249 of the $43,000 it cost to search for her. She’s also expected to pay more than $2,500 in overtime costs to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department.
Wilbanks mysteriously disappeared April 26, prompting a nationwide search. She traveled by bus to Las Vegas, and later phoned police from New Mexico, claiming she had been sexually assaulted. Wilbanks finally admitted she lied about the abduction and assault, and she was recently sentenced to probation and community service for making a false statement to police.
People unconnected to Wilbanks and Mason already been cashing in on the story.
Runaway Bride action figure
As WorldNetDaily previously reported, the latest offering from a company known for culturally relevant action figures is a doll in the likeness of Jennifer.
HeroBuilders.com rushed into production a limited-edition doll sporting Wilbanks’ shoulder-length dark hair and pearly-white smile.
“Now you too can own your very own runaway bride without the heartache and expense,” said the president of the company, Emil Vicale.
“We call her Vegas, and she comes complete with trademark towel and jogging T with Vegas Baby logo.”