Now, according to a recent piece at Production Weekly, a new film is gearing up to try and join the ranks of successful book-to-screen adaptations -- James Lee Burke's bestseller In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead. The film, which is being directed by French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, of Round Midnight and the recent Holy Lola, centers on Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux who is tracking the murderer of a local Hooker and tie the crime to New Orleans mobster Julie Balboni who is in town producing a civil war epic. Convinced that Balboni is guilty of the hooker's murder and also may be responsible for a string of serial-killer-like other slayings, Robicheaux goes outside the law to nail him.
That does sound pretty interesting, doesn't it? I do like this kind of noir detective thriller. If they get the script right (which means finding the right writer), Tavernier is a talented director who has experience with this world and can turn this kind of material into a solid piece of filmmaking. Maybe they can even get Alec Baldwin to reprise his role? He was very good in the under-appreciated Heaven's Prisoners, also adapted from a novel by Burke, so why not? I think he would give the movie and even better chance of success. Pre-production is set to start next month in Louisiana with shooting to follow in March. No word yet on casting for the film but my fingers are crossed for Alec Baldwin.