David Fincher’s HBO Series With James Ellroy Titled SHAKEDOWN; Will Also Direct LIVING ON NOISE for the Network

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Back in September we reported that David Fincher and James Ellroy were collaborating on a Los Angeles-set 1950s crime noir series for HBO and now that show has a title, Shakedown.  Remember when Fincher had those five fallow years between Panic Room and Zodiac?  Boy am I glad he’s not repeating that, he’s one of our master filmmakers so I’ll take pretty much whatever he’s serving up.

Fincher will also direct another pilot for HBO called Living On Noise.  That series will reportedly center around the director’s involvement in the 1980′s music video scene (you probably already know that he shot videos for Paula Abdul, Madonna, Nine Inch Nails, and Aerosmith back in the day).  Hit the jump for more on David Fincher’s involvement in Shakedown and Living On Noise.

David Fincher and James Ellroy Talking to HBO for a Crime Noir Series Set in 1950s Los Angeles

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Hold onto your fedoras, it’s about to get noir-y!  Recent reports have Oscar-nominated director David Fincher and one of Hollywood’s go-to-crime novelist James Ellroy teaming up in talks with HBO for a Los Angeles-set 1950s crime noir series.  That setting should sound familiar to fans of the Ellroy novel-inspired  L.A Confidential, but it’s also an area that Fincher has wanted to explore for some time now.  Fincher was once attached to direct an adaptation of Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia novel (which was helmed by Brian De Palma to a lukewarm reception).  Since Fincher apparently envisioned his version of the crime thriller as a miniseries, perhaps this new project will be a marriage of the two previous adaptations.  Hit the jump for more.

James Franco to Direct and Star in an Adaptation of James Ellroy’s AMERICAN TABLOID

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James Franco needs to stop being so goddamn lazy.  I mean he only has two films playing at Sundance, recently signed on to direct and star in Beautiful People and found time to write this poem.  His upcoming schedule includes half-a-dozen new releases, including Oz the Great and Powerful.  Franco has now decided to direct and star in an adaptation of American Tabloid, a novel from James Ellroy that follows the lives of law enforcement officers as they’re slowly drawn into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Hit the jump to see Franco talk about American Tabloid in a recent video interview.

Adaptations of James Ellroy’s THE BIG NOWHERE and BLOOD’S A ROVER in Development

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According to Deadline, adaptations of James Ellroy‘s crime novels The Big Nowhere and Blood’s a Rover are both in development.  It’s worth noting that both books are part of their own series, neither is the first book in that series.  The Big Nowhere is the second part in “The L.A. Quartet”, which spans from the mid-1940s to the late 1950s.  Blood’s a Rover is set in the 1960s-70s, and closes out the “Underworld USA Trilogy”.

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New Images from RAMPART Starring Woody Harrelson; First Official Synopsis Revealed

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New images have gone online for Rampart, the new drama from The Messenger director Oren Moverman.  The film stars Woody Harrelson as a corrupt cop and the story is set against the backdrop of the scandal involving the LAPD’s Rampart Division.  Moverman wrote the script with acclaimed crime novelist James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) The impressive cast also includes Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Steve Buscemi, Cynthia Nixon, Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Ice Cube, and Ned Beatty.

Hit the jump to check out the images along with the first official synopsis for the film.

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