On the heels of news that famed crime fiction novelist James Ellroy had sold a period piece drama to FX comes another of the author's hot properties making its way to the small screen.
Deadline reports that Ellroy and production company New Regency are shopping around a drama series to cable and broadcast networks based on the sequel to the author's hit "L.A. Confidential." Many readers may be aware that "L.A. Confidential" was adapted into a hit film in 1997, effectively jumpstarting the Hollywood careers of Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce while also earning Kim Basinger an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. What you may not know is that the Ellroy book it's based on is actually part three of the author's "L.A. Quartet" of novels, which includes "The Black Dahlia," "The Big Nowhere," and finally "White Jazz."
It is unclear whether the series would be directly tied into the characters from "L.A. Confidential" or if it's based on the follow-up "White Jazz" novel. The latter features several characters from the former, but the main protagonist is dirty cop David Klein. What is clear is that Ellroy wrote the script for the pilot on spec himself, and that numerous venues are showing a lot of interest.
If this project is picked up, it would join a growing list of period piece detective dramas that the networks seem to be flocking toward of late. FX has already given the greenlight to "Shakedown," based on the author's novella of the same name, which itself is a similarly themed 1950s story set in the seedy underbelly of 1950s Los Angeles. Additionally, TNT is currently producing Frank Darabont's own gritty detective series "L.A. Noir."
All I ask is that it be better than the tepid and mercifully brief Kiefer Sutherland-led "L.A. Confidential" series.