1:00pm PT by Michael O'Connell
AMC Developing David Carr's Memoir With Bob Odenkirk
AMC is teaming up with some familiar faces for a potential miniseries based on David Carr's The Night of the Gun.
The network on Monday announced that it is partnering with Sony Pictures Television to develop a six-parter based on the late journalist's memoirs, with Shawn Ryan adapting and Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk set to play Carr. Night of the Gun shifted Carr's focus from reporting to his own life, chronicling his longtime struggle with addiction.
"I read David's story, The Night of the Gun, when it came out and was wildly entertained by his saga," said Odenkirk. "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.”
If the project moves forward, it will be another carefully selected mini for the cable network. AMC has not been overly zealous in its push into limited series, recently airing co-production The Night Manager to much acclaim.
“David Carr's work as a journalist was uncompromising, enlightening and, most of all, always driven by a fundamental quest for the truth," said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. "When he turned those skills and values around to focus on his own life as an addict, the result was a stunningly original, compelling and important piece of journalism the likes of which the world had never seen — a simultaneously heartbreaking, funny and inspirational account that redefined the idea of telling a personal story. Shawn Ryan, Bob Odenkirk and the incredible team behind this have embraced all the things that David would have loved as a storyteller and crafted a vision for The Night of the Gun that we hope will be as timeless as David’s book.”
Night of the Gun will be a co-production between AMC Studios and Sony Pictures Television, with Ryan and Odenkirk set to executive produce.
"The Night of the Gun is an incredible tale of a journalist's search for the truth about the most painful subject of his career — himself," said Ryan. "David Carr's autobiography is a searing, hysterical look at the demon of addiction and his journey from the crack pipe to esteemed columnist for The New York Times. I couldn't be more honored to help bring his story to life, especially with the immensely talented Bob Odenkirk as an actor and creative partner."
Carr, a longtime New York Times columnist, died in 2015 of heart disease after collapsing in the newsroom.