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Over the years he has optioned several novels with the intention of directing them himself. Some of the books were turned into movies but were directed by other talents. The literary properties are Walter Wager
's "Telefon","which he produced for MGM, James Ellroy
's "The Black Dahlia" (for which he received an executive producer credit), Robert Clark's "Mr. White's Confession", Robert Ward's "Four...
His film's often deal with cops and crooks, or his heroes are never black or white, but grey. His films often have a noir-ish tone.