“The only thing I’m interested in now is long form, which is what you’d call television,” William Friedkin said last year, upon revealing TV series for his films “To Live And Die In L.A.” and “Killer Joe” were in the works. “…I don’t want to make a feature film, because I don’t want to make a movie about a guy in a mask and a spandex suit flying around and saving the world.” And now one of those movies is pressing forward to the small screen.
Deadline reports that Friedkin will helm the TV series iteration of “To Live And Die In L.A.” Bobby Moresco (“Crash“) is penning the script for the show that has been snapped up by WGN, with a straight to series order expected. It will be a “reimagining” of the movie, but will still involve the Secret Service and the dark underbelly of Los Angeles. No word yet if Wang Chung will reunite to score the series.
The movie has only grown in estimation in the 30 years since it was released. It’ll be interesting to see what the approach will be — perhaps taking a page from the “Fargo” TV series and duplicating the tone but not the plot of the movie? — and how will Friedkin tackle the same terrain again? Intriguing stuff, and if you haven’t seen the original movie, get a taste with the trailer below.