MADELEINE McCann’s parents have slammed a new Netflix movie about their daughter’s kidnap fearing it could hinder the painstaking police search for her.
Kate and Gerry told today how they had been asked to take part in the documentary but “want nothing to do with it”.
Oscar-winning Netflix boasts the documentary has “riveting” new interviews with key investigators as the 12th anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance approaches.
The streaming giant is set to release more details and the launch date of the movie “The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann” in the coming weeks.
Heart doctor Gerry, 50, and former GP Kate — who celebrated her 51st birthday yesterday — hit out in a statement released by spokesperson Clarence Mitchell.
It read: “The production company told us that they were making the documentary and asked us to participate.
“But they want ‘nothing to do with it.”
The couple from Rothley, Leics, added: “We did not see and still do not see how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and, particularly given there is an active police investigation, could potentially hinder it.
Consequently, our views and preferences are not reflected in the programme.
“We will not be making any further statements or giving interviews regarding this programme.”
The McCann’s “Tapas Seven” holiday pals and their spokesperson have also snubbed the venture.
Netflix is already predicting the documentary, due out this month, will be a huge global success.
Maddie s parents had received numerous requests from producers Pulse Films over the past 18 months.
A source close to the movie makers said: “Everyone everywhere is fascinated by the Maddie story.
“We would have welcomed the opportunity of working with the McCanns directly but they informed us they couldn’t and wouldn’t consider taking part while a police investigation is into their daughter’s abduction is ongoing.
“But we have interesting new interviews with people close to the inquiry and we believe we can give justice to this unbelievably tragic story.”
The filmmakers scooped three awards at last month’s Oscars for Roma, which follows the life of a live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family in Mexico City.
Three-year-old Maddie vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal’s Praia da Luz in May 2007 while her parents were dining with pals in a nearby tapas restaurant.
She had been left sleeping alone with her younger twin siblings Sean and Amelie with regular half hourly checks being made on the children.
Her parents cling onto a glimmer of hope their eldest child could still be found alive.
She would now be aged 15, nearly 16.
It is not yet known if the documentary, which has cost up to a reported £20 million, will be a one off, a two parter or as originally intended an eight part series.
An insider at Pulse Films said: “Netflix are hoping it will be a massive hit.”
It is not known if retired Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral has agreed to take part.
In his best seller book “The Truth of the Lie” he accuses Maddie’s parents — who were once suspects in their daughter’s disappearance — of faking her kidnap after she accidentally died in the holiday flat.
The McCann pal: “The family understand Mr Amaral and Portuguese police officers have been approached.
“Their lawyers will be keeping watch for any potentially libellous material.”
The search for Maddie — who was just nine days away from her fourth birthday — has became the most high-profile missing person investigation in history.
The youngster’s face in iconic pictures is recognisable around the world.
Netflix has had a string of successful true crime documentaries including hit documentary Making A Murderer on wrongly jailed American student Amanda Knox for British student Meredith Kercher’s murder.