It’s one of the most famous true crime books ever published, and it’s been a popular bestseller as well.
“The Weinstein Co. [TWC] is hoping to bring Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood’ to the small screen,” writes The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed blog, adding “TWC announced Monday that it has optioned the TV rights for the 1966 best-seller to adapt it as an event series. Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski’s Flying Studios (‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’) will produce the project, with Kevin Hood (‘Becoming Jane’) attached to write the project.”
Notes Variety, “The 1966 [true crime] novel was last adapted for television in 1996 [as a four-hour, two-part miniseries] starring Anthony Edwards, Eric Roberts and Sam Neill. The iconic story has been given the silver screen treatment three times, first in 1967 starring Robert Blake and Scott Wilson. In 2005, ‘Capote’ won the late Philip Seymour Hoffman the Oscar for best actor, and in 2006, ‘Infamous,’ starring Toby Jones as the author, was released.”
Says Entertainment Weekly, quoting a statement by TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, “Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood’ has been riveting audiences since it first hit the literary scene almost fifty years ago, and it continues to have that same thrilling, timeless appeal today. We are extremely excited to be partnering with Gary, Doug and the whole Flying Studios team to bring what’s sure to be an unbelievable series to TV viewers.”
Adds EW, “No network is attached to the project yet.”