“There will be no eleventh-hour rescue for one of pilot season’s most promising dramas,” according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed, which reports that efforts to find a new home for the “L.A. Confidential” adaptation have failed.
The project was originally developed for CBS, which passed on it.
“The drama, based on the James Ellroy novel and subsequent feature film, had been eyed to land at CBS All Access, the subscription service from co-producers CBS Television Studios. However, following extended talks, a deal ultimately could not be reached,” THR reports.
The report adds: “Sources say Lionsgate TV, who produced the pilot alongside New Regency and CBS Television Studios, may have asked for a higher licensing fee than the SVOD home had expected. Others maintain that finances had little to do with it — given CBS All Access’ financial commitment to ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and the franchise’s other forthcoming series. What’s more, CBS All Access already has period drama ‘Strange Angel,’ which is set in the 1930s.”