CATEGORIES Drama, Thrillers, Deals, RumorMonger, Newsstand, Remakes and Sequels, Movie News, CinematicalAt the fantasy movie studio where I control everything, one of my favorite authors from which to adapt material would be James Ellroy. I would send my minions out to acquire every piece of Ellroy's fiction that I could possibly get my hands on. His novels, including The Black Dahlia and the exceptional LA Confidential, are quintessential tales of Los Angeles that reveal the seedy underbelly of a city dedicated to illusion. Plus, they're truly great reads.
And, if I got to pick a hot director to bring one of Ellroy's novels to the screen for my studio, I can't think of anyone better suited for the job than Joe Carnahan, who so aptly demonstrated his abilities with the terrific in-your-face film Narc and his exceptional debut Blood, Guns Bullets and Octane. Well, it looks like I don't have to imagine any of this because according to an article over at CHUD, it's really going to happen.
After Carnahan puts the finishing touches on his upcoming film Smokin' Aces, featuring Ben Affleck and Ray Liotta, he will next turn his attention to James Ellroy's novel White Jazz. "The film I'm doing next is White Jazz,'the sequel to L.A. Confidential. My brother and I wrote the adaptation. That script is one of my favorites," said Carnahan in the article.
No word yet on a start date for White Jazz or on potential casting. Although Carnahan did say in the article that he has someone already involved in White Jazz that will "blow us away," but he wouldn't say who. OK Joe, I'll trust you because you sure look like you know what you're doing. However, if you were doing this project for my studio, I would push for an LA Confidential cast reunion re-teaming Russell Crowe (as vice cop Dave Klein) and Guy Pierce along with one of your favorite actors -- Ray Liotta. Now that's a cast, combined with your directing skills, that would make this film worth seeing when it hits theaters.
What do you guys think? Will White Jazz kick ass like Narc did?