CBS to develop L.A. Confidential series

By Nathaniel Dalby - Thu 14th Sep 2017 News

The dark crime noir is set to hit the small screen.

The cast of L.A. Confidential

CBS is developing a new series based on the 90s crime novel/film L.A. Confidential.

The network is reportedly keen in bringing the story onto the small screen and is working with producer Jordan Harper, who previously worked on Gotham and The Mentalist.

Harper is set to both write and produce the series, with the story due to be similar to that of the movie.

L.A. Confidential is a crime noir set in L.A. in the 1950s, with ambitious cop Ed Exley investigating a massacre at a cafe whilst weaving between police corruption.

The 1990 novel was written by crime author James Ellroy and adapted into a film in 1997 starring Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey and Kim Basinger. 

The film went on to be nominated for 9 Academy Awards, with Basinger winning Best Supporting Actress.

An L.A. Confidential series has previously been attempted, with a pilot starring Kiefer Sutherland and Eric Roberts being made but not being picked up for a full series by studios.

James Ellroy himself also tried to get a series off the ground a few years ago but also failed in the attempt.

L.A. Confidential’s twisting and complex narrative makes it ideal for a TV adaptation, with a series able to go to places the film could not due to length.

Source: Screen Rant