Other Mosley screen adaptations announced in recent years that haven’t materialized (and may never) include: a TV series based on private investigator Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, which was in the works for the NBC network, and which NBC killed last year after seeing a script; his Leonid McGill series – the New York City private investigator – starting with the first book in the series titled, The Long Fall, was to be adapted by HBO, but nothing’s happened there. Mosley said in early last year that he’d pretty much outlined the entire first season for HBO, which would be based on The Long Fall, and that he was to meet with HBO execs a couple of months after that, during which I assumed he’d be handing over what he’d done, and they’d further discuss the project; there’s also Samuel L Jackson’s optioning of The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey to adapt for the big screen; There was the TNT network’s ordering of a pilot for Mosley’s Fearless Jones series of novels, with plans for an eventual TV series; also, most recently, plans were announced to develop of a feature film based on Mosley’s psychological thriller Man In My Basement, with Anthony Mackie in talks to star, and Mosley co-writing the screenplay with Cheo Hodari Coker (Southland).
Nothing new to report on any of those projects, unfortunately!
Wanting to take matters into his own hands, last year, Mosley teamed up with TV series and documentary producer Diane Houslin to launch a new production company, B.O.B. Filmhouse (Best of Brooklyn Filmhouse), with the goal being to play an “active role” in the adaptation of his novels into films and TV series).
He said the following:
“I’m looking to make television and shows and movies — my kind. I’m very happy with the movies that have been done [of his work]. I’m not happy with the regularity; I’d like to do more.”
And I’m sure fans would love the same!
So much activity it seems, getting fans excited about what might be to come, but, as we’ve seen here, nothing’s guaranteed. All of these projects may go the way that the NBC Easy Rawlins project did. But, at least, we hope to see even just ONE of these deals go all the way, from script to screen, and hopefully soon.
This one from Fishburne, via HBO, just might be it, although no ETA on delivery yet.
Here’s a scene from the 1998 flick: