CBS Currently Developing ‘L.A. Confidential’ by James Ellroy


Deadline reported, CBS is currently developing L.A. Confidential, a classic ’90s noir novel by James Ellroy. Arnon Milchan, who produced the 1997 adaptation, will once again sponsor the upcoming TV series with Jordan Harper, and Lionsgate Television.

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Written by Harper, L.A. Confidential follows three homicide detectives, a female reporter and a Hollywood actress whose paths intersect as the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer through the seedy underbelly of glamorous 1950s Los Angeles. Harper executive produces with Milchan. The project hails from the TV venture New Regency forged with Lionsgate, designed to mine New Regency’s library. With the project landing at CBS, sibling CBS TV Studios has come on board to co-produce.

L.A. Confidential is the third of Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet book series. The novel was adapted for the 1997 film, directed and co-written by Curtis Hanson, produced by Milchan and starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, Kim Basinger, David Strathairn and Danny DeVito. The film premiered in Competition at Cannes and went on to receive nine Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, winning Best Supporting Actress for Basinger and Best Adapted Screenplay for Hanson and Brian Helgeland.