Bob Odenkirk to lead AMC's miniseries adaptation of The Night of the Gun
AMC and Sony Pictures TV have announced that they are joining forces to develop The Night of the Gun, a miniseries based on David Carr's memoir memoir of the same name. Bob Odenkirk has been tapped to play the famed New York Times journalist, who passed away last year at the age of 58, while Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Get Down) and Eileen Myers (Big Love, Masters of Sex) will write the six-part series.
Odenkirk is also executive producing the project, and in a statement said, "I read David’s story, The Night Of The Gun, when it came out and was wildly entertained by his saga. It’s a story of survival filled with pain, crack, journalistic righteousness, abandoned cars, crooks, lies, and then there’s the two little girls who saved his life; it’s overstuffed with humanity. Shawn Ryan is the man to explore this real anti-hero story. I hope to do justice to David’s intellect and his scrappy nature. It’s gonna be crazy… if we do it right.”
Book synopsis from Amazon:
Do we remember only the stories we can live with? The ones that make us look good in the rearview mirror? In The Night of the Gun, David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict and chronicles his journey from crack-house regular to regular columnist for The New York Times. Built on sixty videotaped interviews, legal and medical records, and three years of reporting, The Night of the Gun is a ferocious tale that uses the tools of journalism to fact-check the past. Carr’s investigation of his own history reveals that his odyssey through addiction, recovery, cancer, and life as a single parent was far more harrowing—and, in the end, more miraculous—than he allowed himself to remember.
There's no indication on when production may start, but who would you like to see behind the camera for The Night of the Gun?