L.A. Confidential Heads To TV

Your fave noir murder mystery is coming to the small screen, but who will star?!
Gritty 50’s noir classic L.A. Confidential is heading to the small screen, but will its brooding Aussie stars Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce follow? 

The award-winning crime caper is the latest film-to-TV adaption on the slate in Hollywood, with CBS investigating a small screen version of the 1997 movie, directed by the late Curtis Hanson and based on the best-selling novel by James Ellroy. This isn’t the first time a TV version of the movie has been attempted: A Kiefer Sutherland-starring pilot of the same name was filmed in 1999, but was never picked up as a regular series. 

Gotham scribe, Jordan Harper is on board as writer and Executive Producer, with no word yet on casting.  In the original, Russell played Bud White, a violent but gold-hearted L.A. police detective who teams with by-the-book cop Ed Exley (Guy Pearce), to investigate a multiple homicide at a coffee shop. Along with flashy Hollywood detective Kevin Spacey, the trio get drawn into the city’s murky underbelly and crooked crime force. Danny DeVito and Kim Basinger also starred, with Kim picking up an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.  

The TV version of L.A. Confidential will again follow three homicide detectives, along with a female reporter and a Hollywood actress as they follow the bloody trail of a sadistic serial killer through glamorous 1950s L.A. Whether CBS picks up the original cast members for the series remains to be seen, but we’d like Russell and Guy report to the station and pick up their detective badges to re-open the case. 

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