Mark Romanek Developing a True Crime Limited Series at FX

     May 3, 2013


In recent years, the television landscape has become a haven for complex, character-driven material from some of the best creative minds in the business.  No longer is TV considered the ugly stepchild of the film world, as everyone from Martin Scorsese to David Fincher is now dabbling in the art of longform storytelling with a great amount of creative freedom on networks like HBO, FX, and even Netflix.  Now it appears that one more incredibly talented filmmaker is dipping his toe into the TV pool, as One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek is developing a limited series at FX.

Earlier today, I spoke with Romanek in anticipation of next week’s Blu-ray release of his excellent 2002 film One Hour Photo.  During the course of our conversation, the director revealed that he has just sold a limited series idea to FX based on a true crime story.  Hit the jump for more.

locke_and_key_comic_book_cover_01While speaking with Romanek, I mentioned the fact that he previously helmed the pilot for the graphic novel adaptation Locke & Key (it was not picked up to series), and asked if he would ever consider diving back into the TV world.  As a matter of fact, the filmmaker revealed that he’s currently developing a limited series at FX:

“I just sold a limited series idea to Fox because Fox is planning to turn FX and/or the Fox Movie Network into their sort of HBO for their higher quality, long-form things.  So I’m planning to get started on that, it may be alongside movie projects as opposed to the very next thing that I do, but that’s something we’re developing.  It’s a true crime story that’s so rich and complex and interesting that it could never be squeezed into a two and a half hour movie.”

I asked if Romanek planned on writing the entire series, and he said that while he’ll remain creatively involved for its entire run, he’ll likely only write the first episode:

“I may write the first hour and help conceive of the overriding arch of the thing narratively, but I don’t think that I could write nine hours of television probably or want to make the time commitment to do that.  But I plan to supervise the whole thing on a creative level the same way David Fincher did with House of Cards.”

FX only recently announced an ambitious slate of original programming that included a batch of limited series (ie. shows that have a set number of episodes and a clear-cut beginning, middle, and end), and it’s incredibly promising to hear that a Romanek-led TV show may soon be gracing our airwaves.

Look for my full interview with Romanek here on Collider soon.



Around The Web


First LEGO STAR WARS: DROID TALES Images Reveal Familiar Characters

The 5-episode animated series will focus on retelling the original 'Star Wars' stories through the eyes of C-3PO and R2-D2.

FATAL ATTRACTION Reboot Brewing at Fox; MAD MEN Writers Attached

"We were attracted to each other at the party; that was obvious. You're on your own for the night; that's also obvious."

Watch: Stephen Colbert Takes Over Michigan Public Access Show; Interviews Eminem

The new 'Late Show' host is warming up by doing 40 minutes on public access.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan Talks EXTANT Season 2, Halle Berry, and More

"I think 90% of the fight is being happy on set and having fun. If you can’t have fun when you’re there that long, you’re in deep shit."

DEUTSCHLAND 83: Watch Martin Discover Duran Duran on Cassette in New Clip

And it makes him hungry like the wolf.

RICK AND MORTY Season 2 Trailer Features New Inventions, More Burps

"Stay back! This watch turns people into snakes!"

Bruce Campbell Gets Bloody in First ASH VS EVIL DEAD Image


PARK BENCH: Watch Steve Buscemi Get Robbed by Mark Boone Junior

Once a Son of Anarchy, always a Son of Anarchy!

The 14 Greatest Kids Cartoons of the 90s

More importantly, can you still sing / hum / recite the intros?

MINORITY REPORT Series Separates Its Twins, Adds New Co-Star

Stark Sands will be playing one brother instead of identical twins, with Nick Zano being added in the role of his now fraternal brother.

Page 1 of 70712345...102030...Last »
echo ' '; ?>