I'm just thinking of a couple of really great stories for trashy exploitation films which have been on the news recently (and actually are still in the news).
One is the trayvon/zimmerman saga. Seems like an obvious money-maker due to the huge amount of press and emotionally/racially-charged controversy surrounding the story.
The other is this recent/still-developing story from Montreal about a transsexual gay porn star cannibal who lured a chinese university student into his apartment and then chopped him into pieces, ate part of him, mailed some of his body parts to political party offices, and left the headless, limbless torso in a bag to rot on the curb with the rest of the week's garbage while he fled to France. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... ds-newsxml
(Yes there are better news sources, but given the trashy nature of this thread I think it's fitting to post a link to a commensurately trashy publication)
Do any filmmakers still cash in on news stories? These two seem too perfect to pass up, and I'd surely watch a film based on either of them.