CBS is Developing a Crime Series Based on L.A. Confidential

CBS is developing a TV series based James Ellroy's classic crime novel L.A. Confidential. Most people are probably more familiar with the 1997 film adaptation directed by Curtis Hanson, which starred Kim Basinger, Russel Crowe, Kevin Spacey, James Cromwell, and Danny DeVito. I'm a fan of that movie, but the book is so much better! If you haven't read it, you need to check it out.

According to Variety, the series will follow "the paths of three homicide detectives, a female reporter, and a Hollywood actress as they intersect while the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer through the seedy underbelly of 1950’s Los Angeles."

L.A. Confidential is one of four books in Ellroy's "L.A. Quartet" series. The crime fiction novels, which also consisted of The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, and White Jazz, are set in the late 1940s through the late 1950s in Los Angeles.
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‘L.A. Confidential’ Series in Development at CBS

‘L.A. Confidential’ Series in Development at CBS
CBS is developing a TV adaptation of “L.A. Confidential,” Variety has learned.

Based on James Ellroy’s classic novel of the same name, the series would follow the paths of three homicide detectives, a female reporter, and a Hollywood actress as they intersect while the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer through the seedy underbelly of 1950’s Los Angeles.

New Regency, Lionsgate Television and CBS Television Studios will produce, with New Regency’s Arnon Milchan serving as executive producer. Jordan Harper is set to write and executive produce. Harper previously wrote for and produced the CBS drama “The Mentalist.” Most recently, he served as a writer and supervising producer on Fox’s “Gotham.” He is repped by UTA and The Shuman Company.

The novel was first published in 1990, the third entry in Ellroy’s “L.A. Quartet,” which explored life in the City of Angels in the 1940’s and ’50s. The
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Newswire: Joe Carnahan has dropped out of directing the third Bad Boys, as he is wont to do

It appears that the dream of a Joe Carnahan-directed Bad Boys movie has gone the way of all Joe Carnahan projects. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the writer-director has dropped out of helming Bad Boys For Life, possibly for the same reason why Carnahan usually drops out of projects: “creative differences.” The studio is still hoping to start filming the long-delayed sequel to Michael Bay’s dumbest movie in the fall to meet a November 8, 2018 release date.

Over the years, Carnahan has developed an enviable portfolio of unrealized projects, including a revisionist remake of Death Wish (he doesn’t have kind words for Eli Roth’s more straightforward version), an adaptation of James Ellroy’s White Jazz, and a film based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comics series Preacher, since made into an AMC series. His last theatrical release was 2011’s The Grey—a great ...
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James Ellroy: The Hollywood Interview

I interviewed James Ellroy, the great American noir novelist, at La's venerable Pacific Dining Car in April 2001. We were there to discuss his latest book, The Cold Six Thousand, but wound up tackling a myriad of subjects over our three hour lunch. Ellroy sported a snappy fedora that I said would have looked great on Meyer Lansky. He barked a laugh and removed it, displaying his bald pate. When he looked at my full head of 33 year-old hair, his eyes narrowed: "That thing on your head real or a rug?" "Real," I replied. Ellroy exhaled for what seemed like a full minute, then murmured: "Cocksucker." We were off and running.

James Ellroy: Bark At The Moon

The "Demon Dog of American Fiction" sinks his teeth into Rfk, Mlk and Vietnam with The Cold Six Thousand

If there were any justice in this world, and in the world of James Ellroy that's debatable,
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Frank Grillo confirms he's doing Death Wish remake

Joe Carnahan's remake of Death Wish seems to be back on. Frank Grillo has an update...


Frank Grillo is currently riding high at the Us box office for the second time this summer, courtesy of The Purge: Anarchy. Having also popped up in Captain America: The Winter Soldier - ahead of appearances in more Marvel movies - he's busy, and enjoying well deserved success.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Grillo about The Purge: Anarchy, and you can read the full piece here.

In the course of that interview, he talked about working with director Joe Carnahan on The Grey. And he revealed that they're reteaming again for the long-mooted remake of Death Wish. "Carnahan and I became friends", he told us. "We’re going to do Death Wish together. Death Wish has an amazing script. That’s kind of tied up with Fox. He’s got a film called White Jazz,
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Chris Pine Joins Patrick Wilson In Joe Carnahan's 'Stretch'

A long, long time ago, before Chris Pine was Captain Kirk, he had a very different kind of role; one of the three psychotic Tremor Brothers (alongside Kevin Durand and Maury Sterling), "Mad Max"-like neo-Nazis who stole the show in Joe Carnahan's fun-on-paper, less-so-in-practice "Smokin' Aces." The film didn't make much of an impact, and many forget that Pine was even in, but he clearly made an impression on the director; Carnahan wanted to cast Pine alongside George Clooney in his film version of James Ellroy's "White Jazz" (and in his Escobar movie "Killing Pablo") only to be foiled when Pine was cast in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot. Neither of Carnahan's pictures ever came together, but with the filmmaker coming off the strong reviews of "The Grey," and Pine about to top up his stardom with this week's "Star Trek Into Darkness," the two are finally set to reteam,
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'L.A. Confidential' Sequel TV Series Being Shopped By James Ellroy

The world that James Ellroy conjured with "L.A. Confidential," adapted in the crackling 1987 noir, is one that captured the imagination and had filmmakers flocking to his work, and in particular the "L.A. Quartet." Brian De Palma tackled "The Black Dahlia" with rather disastrous results, while Joe Carnahan is still hoping to make "White Jazz" at some point. Meanwhile, last year, "I Am Love" helmer  Luca Guadagnino signed up to bring "The Big Nowhere" to the big screen. So what's next? How about a TV series. Indeed, Ellory and New Regency are currently shopping a sequel series to "L.A. Confidential," but they aren't just looking for a pilot. According to Deadline, Ellroy -- who came up the concept on spec -- is likely for a straight series commitment. And this isn't the first time a series has been attempted. As we outlined in our feature, 5 Things You Might Not Know About "L.
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5 Things You Might Not Know About 'L.A. Confidential'

It's safe to say that "L.A. Confidential" wasn't greeted with especially high expectations in the run up to its release. James Ellroy's 1990 book, the third of his "L.A. Quartet" (preceded by "The Black Dahlia" and "The Big Nowhere," and completed by "White Jazz") was a favorite among crime fans, but hardly a best seller. Screenwriter Brian Helgeland was known only for "Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" and a rewrite of actioner "Assassins." Director Curtis Hanson was well-liked, but mostly known for mid-level programmers like "Bad Influence," "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" and "The River Wild." And the cast was led by two virtual unknowns from the Southern Hemisphere, with the most recognizable names in the cast being Kim Basinger, whose career was a little on the outs, comedy actor Danny DeVito and recently Oscar-nominated character actor Kevin Spacey. ...
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James Ellroy's Rover Headed To Screens

James Ellroy's Rover Headed To Screens
Adapting a James Ellroy novel for the screen can be a dicey proposition. For every success that brings big rewards (La Confidential) there are those that linger, never quite making headway (Joe Carnahan’s long-gestating take on White Jazz). But producers Vincent Sieber and Clark Peterson seem to think they’re on to a winner with the novelist’s 2009 tome, Blood’s A Rover.The story, set in the stormy late 1960s and early 1970s, follows three men who have their own reasons for tracking a woman named Joan Rosen Klein. One is a tough goon working for J Edgar Hoover, another a heroin-addicted former cop who is building a mob-backed gambling mecca, and finally, a voyeuristic private eye who has his own set of enemies.Ellroy, who most recently contributed to film by writing the script for Rampart, has signed on to the Rover adaptation as a producer and
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Adaptations of James Ellroy’s The Big Nowhere and Blood’S A Rover in Development

According to Deadline, adaptations of James Ellroy's crime novels The Big Nowhere and Blood's a Rover are both in development.  It's worth noting that both books are part of their own series, neither is the first book in that series.  The Big Nowhere is the second part in "The L.A. Quartet", which spans from the mid-1940s to the late 1950s.  Blood's a Rover is set in the 1960s-70s, and closes out the "Underworld USA Trilogy". Hit the jump for more. According to Deadline, director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) is in talks to adapt The Big Nowhere.  The book is a murder mystery set in 1950, and follows three characters: ambitious young deputy Danny Upshaw, ambitious Lapd lieutenant Malcolm "Mal" Considine, and disgraced former cop-turned-bagman Turner "Buzz" Meeks.  The L.A. Quartet shares characters and setting, and The Big Nowhere follows The Black Dahlia, and is followed by L.
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Luca Guadagnino Set To Helm ‘L.A. Confidential’ Prequel

Luca Guadagnino is said to be developing an adaptation of the James Ellroy novel The Big Nowhere. Luca Guadagnino may be known for shorts and documentaries, but that hasn’t stopped him from dabbling in feature films before. He was responsible for the lackluster Melissa P. (2005) but also the rather impressive I Am Love (2009).

The Big Nowhere is part of James Ellroy’s La Quartet. Those familiar with L.A. Confidential (1997), and let’s face it you really should be, will recognise recurring characters such as Buzz Meeks and Dudley Smith. The main character though is Danny Upshaw, a cop hunting a serial killer during a time of great paranoia and suspicion due to the Red Scare, which sees accusations of communism thrown around.

I feel as though this film could go either way. Despite the fantastic brilliant wonderfulness of L.A. Confidential, Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet was also
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L.A. Confidential Prequel The Big Nowhere to get Film Adaptation

Author James Ellroy's novel The Big Nowhere is set to be adapted for the big screen. The story is a prequel to L.A. Confidential which was adapted into a film back in 1997. I'm a big fan of Ellroy's work, he also wrote The Black Dahlia, which was adapted into a film back in 2006, and White Jazz, which director Joe Carnahan has been trying to get into production. Ellroy is obsessed with the history of Los Angeles crime and murder and this series of books makes up his "L.A. Quartet" series.

The Big Nowhere is set in Los Angeles in the 1950's and features connecting storylines of various different characters that we were introduced to in L.A. Confidential. The story follows a Sheriff's deputy named Danny Upshaw as he hunts down a serial sex killer. At the same time he's also being forced to expose Hollywood communists.
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'I Am Love' Director Gets 'L.A. Confidential' Prequel 'The Big Nowhere'

Though he's stuck mostly to documentaries and short films throughout his career, Italian director Luca Guadagnino made a splash with the Tilda Swinton-starring I Am Love back in 2010, which even made Quentin Tarantino's personal list of favorite films of that year. Now he's attached to a project that will really turn some heads, as Deadline reports that he's developing an adaptation of James Ellroy's book The Big Nowhere, a prequel to L.A. Confidential, which was adapted for the screen in 1997. The Big Nowhere is set in 1950 L.A. and features intertwining storylines involving some characters we saw in L.A. Confidential. The Playlist has a good write-up of this story, reminding us that The Big Nowhere is one of the four books in Ellroy's "L.A. Quartet" series, following The Black Dahlia (which Brian De Palma adapted back in '06), and preceding both L.A. Confidential and the last entry,
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Carnahan’s Continue, Death Wish Forthcoming

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What did you think of The Grey?

Me, I liked it a fair bit, even if the wolf stuff was really kind of nonsense. Liam Neeson brought the grizzled angst, though, that cannot be denied. Aside from providing some real survivalist thrills, the best thing to come out of the success of The Grey has to be the increase in writer/director Joe Carnahan’s Hollywood stroke.

Carnahan burst onto the scene writing and directing the universally-loved Narc (2002) starring Ray Liotta and Jason Patric, a low-key, downbeat crime thriller that’s well worth your time if you’ve never seen it, worth it for Patric’s sweet handlebar moustache alone (it’s really more of a Fu Manchu–ed.). Smokin’ Aces followed, a film that, despite some great performances all round, ultimately proved more style than substance. 2010’s The A-Team was up next, a film that I still haven’t
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Joe Carnahan Will ‘Continue’ at 20th Century Fox

Some of us thought Joe Carnahan would follow January’s The Grey with Death Wish, White Jazz, or Killing Pablo — you decide which would be the best course of action — but the next effort is something we haven’t heard much of until now. According to Twitch, he and 20th Century Fox have made plans to go with Continue, a Groundhog Day-like passion project about “a former soldier forced to re-live the same day over and over while on the run from assassins trying to kill him for reasons unknown.”

You probably couldn’t glean it from that logline, but Carnahan claims Continue will actually be “funny as shit,” in a sense that’s not entirely dissimilar to, of all things, The Three Stooges. If it can strike that kind of vibe and attitude, good, because while not a horrible premise for a movie, Continue uses something that’s
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Review: Rampart

Writer James Ellroy, asked about the film adaptation of his novel White Jazz in a 2009 interview, replied, "No I didn't like that movie. White Jazz is dead. All movie adaptations of my books are dead." The author of The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential seems to have an antagonistic relationship with film adaptations of his novels, or rather with their producers, directors and cast. This is probably because they are so much better known than the books, but of such lesser quality.

This rule holds true for the latest adaptation, Rampart, based loosely on the Rampart Scandal of the Crash anti-gang unit of the Lapd in the late 1990s. The movie stars Woody Harrelson and a bevy of other names in mostly small, even unrecognizable parts: Ice Cube, Tim Russ, Ned Beatty, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Ben Foster, and Jon Bernthal, most of
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Interview: Joe Carnahan Talks Mortality, Real Men, and ‘The Grey’

The first reaction of anyone coming out of The Grey probably won’t be, “I bet the director of The A-Team, Smokin’ Aces, and that BMW short Ticker made this!” Joe Carnahan prefers it to be that way. The director’s fifth feature film isn’t a full-blown action romp, but is instead a thrilling meditation on life, death, and survival. (Check out our review here.) Similar to Carnahan’s breakout feature, Narc, The Grey shows all the trappings of a true personal project — the kind of story that a filmmaker had to tell. And, after speaking with Carnahan for 25 minutes, that was clearly the case. From White Jazz to Killing Pablo, when the personable man finds a story that comes from his core, he’s got to get it made. Here’s what Joe Carnahan had to say about the life and death themes of The Grey, writing and portraying real men, and
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Joe Carnahan To Direct 'Cross Brothers'; Ralph Fiennes & Bryan Singer Sought For 'Imitation Game' & David Yates Takes 'A Reliable Wife'

Very occasionally, the trades do something known in the journalism trade as "burying the lede" -- dropping a hint of a separate story in a piece about something else entirely, which can often be passed over at first glance. As it turns out, there's been a couple of examples of this in the last few days: potential projects hinted at by some names who've been in the news a lot of late. First up is Joe Carnahan, who's currently topping the box office with his man vs. nature survival thriller "The Grey." The director made headlines this week by taking a remake of "Death Wish" as his next film, and he also has long-time dream projects "Killing Pablo" and "White Jazz" on his slate, along with original action script "Continue" and comic book adaptation "Nemesis" developing as well. But there's one more project as well; buried away in a Deadline
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Joe Carnahan to write and direct a remake of Death Wish

As Alex just wrote about, The Grey just scored the number one spot at the box office for its opening last weekend. Director Joe Carnahan was planning on using that success to finally get some of his passion projects made, namely Killing Pablo and White Jazz. But it seems another opportunity has arisen – one that [...]

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Joe Carnahan To Write & Direct Remake Of 'Death Wish'

Joe Carnahan must be feeling vindicated this morning. The writer/director broke out with 2002's terrific, muscular cop thriller "Narc," but hasn't had a lot of joy since: his 2006 sub-Guy Ritchie action-comedy "Smokin' Aces" wasn't beloved by many, while a director-for-hire gig on the would-be-tentpole "The A-Team" was tepidly received by audiences and critics alike. But from that, he reteamed with star Liam Neeson for a far more personal project, the existential killer-wolf survival tale "The Grey," and was validated in a big way when the positively-received film topped the box office this weekend with a strong $20 million haul. Presumably, this has given him the cache to make something bigger and better next time around, something even dearer to his heart, like dream projects "White Jazz" or "Killing Pablo." We'll have to see. Though Carnahan told us a few weeks back that he was hoping...
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