HBO Developing High-Profile Noir Drama Series From ‘L.A. Confidential’ Writer, ‘House of Cards’ Producer/Director

Dec 19, 2014  •  Post A Comment

HBO will dip into film noir after reportedly closing the deals on a much talked-about drama series. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that the new project, “Shakedown,” comes from “House of Cards” executive producer and director David Fincher and “L.A. Confidential” writer James Ellroy.

The project is inspired by the real life of police officer-turned-private-detective Fred Otash, Andreeva notes.

“This is an original drama project by Ellroy and not an adaptation of his 2012 novella ‘Shakedown,’ which also features a fictionalized version of Otash. The drama is based on a script Ellroy originally developed at FX with a different producing team. Fincher and Ellroy are executive producing the HBO project alongside Joshua Donen, Clark Peterson, and Steven Hoban,” Andreeva writes.

Fincher has a number of projects in the pipeline at HBO, including a half-hour program set in 1983 that focuses on the music-video industry, Deadline reports separately. That project is described as being in the vein of the pay-cable channel’s comedy series “Entourage.”

“Fincher also is collaborating with a novelist on another HBO drama project, an adaptation of British series ‘Utopia,’ now in development,” Andreeva notes. “It is being written by Gillian Flynn, on whose book Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ was based.”


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