On the twentieth birthday of Curtis Hanson’s near perfect motion picture, CBS has decided that, instead of baking it a cake, they’re going to try and revive L.A. Confidential on the small screen.
An adaptation of James Ellroy’s 1990 novel of the same name (the third in the author’s famed “L.A. Quarter” period crime saga), L.A. Confidential follows multiple protagonists, weaving a story of seedy corruption in the City of Angels’ underbelly. The new series – which is set to be written and executive produced by The Mentalist’s Jordan Harper for CBS – is said to have a similar structure, tracking the narratives of three homicide detectives, a female reporter, and a Hollywood actress as they intersect while the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer through '50s LA.
For those (gleefully) unfamiliar, an L.A. Confidential series was attempted once before, six years after the film was a critical and commercial success. A 2003 pilot starring Kiefer Sutherland (as Jack Vincennes, oof) and Eric Roberts (as Pierce Patchett, which is actually fun casting I can’t hate on) was shot, but ultimately dropped and included on a later Blu-ray release.
I guess it's an interesting piece of trivia that a Mentalist producer would EP a series spin-off from the feature film that gave Simon Baker his first big screen appearance. Not really, though. I’m just bored and can’t think of anything nice to say about an L.A. Confidential show produced by one of the Mentalist guys.