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CBS is working on an L.A. Confidential TV show

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CBS’s insatiable hunger for police procedurals and TV shows based off of popular films hit another milestone today, with Variety reporting that a TV version of L.A. Confidential is currently in the works. Based off of James Ellroy’s novel—pared down by director Curtis Hanson into an Oscar-winning noir classic in 1997—the series will be written and executive produced by novelist Jordan Harper, whose other credits include Gotham and The Mentalist.

The series will presumably restore some of the copious material from Ellroy’s novel that didn’t make it into the film, including a serial killer plot that sounds like it’ll provide a throughline for the show’s early seasons. (No word yet on whether all the Disney-parody stuff from the novel will get a similar treatment, too.) According to Variety, the show will follow “the paths of three homicide detectives, a female reporter, and a Hollywood actress” as the cops pursue the killer through 1950s L.A.


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