Carl Franklin to Direct Thriller CITY OF NIGHT

     May 29, 2012


After working on a couple of well-received cable dramas, Carl Franklin (Out of Time) is headed back to the movies. The Magic City and Falling Skies director has signed on for cop thriller City of Night. Penned by David Chisholm, this one tells the tale of a rookie policeman assigned to the toughest unit in Los Angeles; once there, he quickly gets mixed up with a crooked vet, who initiates an “elaborate psychological game to destroy him.” In the official release, it’s described as an “explosive, sexually intense thriller.” It’s also compared to LA Confidential and The Departed but interestingly, not Training Day, which…doesn’t it sound a lot like Training Day? Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s a rip-off or anything. Just don’t be surprised when the bad cop (who may or may not compare favourably to King Kong) is shocked (wink, wink) to find the rookie amenable to “getting wet.” Hit the jump for the full press release.

carl-franklin-city-of-nightHere’s the release:

Los Angeles, CA– (May 30, 2012) – Meyers Media Group and McDonald Entertainment have announced today that they will co-finance the thriller CITY OF NIGHT. The film, to be directed by award-winner Carl Franklin (“Out of Time,” “High Crimes”), was written by David Chisholm (“Kidnapped in Paradise,” “The Wizard”) and will be produced by Brendan McDonald of McDonald Entertainment and Jesse B’Franklin, and executive produced by Lawrence Meyers (“Unfaithful”) and Randy Dannenberg of Meyers Media Group.

In CITY OF NIGHT, Emmett Conlin is a rookie cop aspiring to be one of the finest in the Los Angeles Police Department– until he’s unexpectedly lured into the toughest crime unit in the city and finds that his greatest danger lies within the department.  Drawn into a web of deceit and betrayal by a veteran cop who has corrupted all that he touches, Emmett becomes the target of an elaborate psychological game to destroy him. Set against the teeming and dangerous backdrop of South Central L.A., CITY OF NIGHT is an explosive, sexually intense thriller in the tradition of LA CONFIDENTIAL and THE DEPARTED.

Franklinhas garnered acclaim from recent television directing duties including the pilot of TNT’s FALLING SKIES and the premiere episode of the new Starz series MAGIC CITY.  He first achieved notoriety for directing the moody thriller ONE FALSE MOVE, which won him the New Generation Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Meyers Media Group’s recently announced slate of projects includes NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: ORIGINS 3D, with Simon West producing, and ONE SQUARE MILE starring Richard Jenkins and Cameron Bright.

A date for principal photography will soon be announced.

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