You needn’t come out from under that rock to know that “true crime” is very hot right now. From “The Jinx” to “Serial,” the genre that tangles investigative truth-telling with noir storytelling is exploding once again.
So it’s fitting that “In Cold Blood,” Truman Capote’s 1966 bestselling true crime landmark, originally debuted as a four-part “serial” in The New Yorker, and is now getting the TV event series treatment courtesy of The Weinstein Company.
A captivating inquiry of the grisly, you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up killing of the Clutter family in Kansas 1959, “In Cold Blood” was first snatched up in 1967 for Richard Brooks’ terrifying film adaptation; a 1996 CBS miniseries followed, as did “Capote” and the witty, criminally ignored 2006 film “Infamous” which, like Philip Seymour Hoffman’s 2005 Oscar winner, spanned Capote’s six years spent writing the book.
TWC has now optioned rights to “In Cold Blood.” Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski’s Flying Studios, which steered Oscar nominees “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “The Contender,” will produce the project penned by “Becoming Jane” writer Kevin Hood. SVP of Scripted TV Marc Velez, VP of Scripted TV Megan Spanjian and Creative Executive Lauren O’Connor will oversee the project for TWC.
This “TV event series,” if a success, should fit nicely in the newest Emmy category, Best Limited Series.