Get ready to head back in time and immerse yourself in the darker side of Los Angeles all over again, as classic 1997 film noir LA Confidential is being turned into a TV series.
CBS has put the drama into development, with the film’s original producer Arnon Milchan signed up to executive produce alongside Gotham writer Jordan Harper, who’ll be penning the script, according to Deadline.
Based on the book by James Ellroy – the third in his LA Quartet series, which was adapted into the original film – LA Confidential will follow three homicide detectives, a female reporter and a Hollywood actress as they cross paths during the pursuit of a serial killer through the underbelly of 1950s Los Angeles.
The original film starred Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Danny DeVito and Kim Basinger, and quickly became a huge success, grossing $126 million worldwide and earning nine Academy Award nominations.
The film ultimately won two Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay for director Curtis Hanson, who passed away last year, and Brian Helgeland.
This isn’t the first time a potential LA Confidential TV series has been attempted, following the shooting of a pilot starring Kiefer Sutherland and Eric Roberts (which wasn’t picked up by a network, but can been seen as a special feature on the film’s DVD extras), and plans in 2013 to develop a sequel to the film in a TV series, which was also ultimately unsuccessful.
Let’s hope that the third time’s a charm then, eh?
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