3:44pm PT by Kate Stanhope
The Weinstein Co. Options TV Rights for 'In Cold Blood'
The Weinstein Co. is hoping to bring Truman Capote's In Cold Blood to the small screen.
TWC announced Monday that it has optioned the TV rights for the 1966 best-seller to adapt it as an event series. Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski's Flying Studios (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will produce the project, with Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane) attached to write the project. Senior vp scripted TV Marc Velez, vp scripted TV Megan Spanjian and creative executive Lauren O'Connor will oversee the project for TWC.
In Cold Blood centers on the 1959 murders of the Clutters, a Kansas farming family and the effect their deaths had on the community and the men who were convicted of the crime. Originally a four-part serial in The New Yorker, it was published by Random House in 1966 and became one of the biggest-selling true crime books of all time.
In Cold Blood was adapted for the big screen in 1967 with Richard Brooks directing Robert Blake and Scott Wilson as the two killers. It then was adapted as a two-part TV movie, starring Anthony Edwards and Eric Roberts, which aired on CBS in 1996. The writing of In Cold Blood also provided the setting for the 2005 film Capote, for which Philip Seymour Hoffman earned a best actor Oscar for playing Capote, and 2006's Infamous, in which Toby Jones played Capote.
"Truman Capote's In Cold Blood has been riveting audiences since it first hit the literary scene almost 50 years ago, and it continues to have that same thrilling, timeless appeal today," TWC's David Glasser said in a statement. "We are extremely excited to be partnering with Gary, Doug and the whole Flying Studios team to bring what's sure to be an unbelievable series to TV viewers."
True crime is a hot genre thanks to the success of HBO's recent six-part docuseries The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst as well as the popular podcast Serial.
There is no network currently attached to the project.
Flying Studios is repped by APA. Hood is repped by APA, the UK’s Independent Talent Group and Nelson Davis, LLP. The Capote estate is repped by APA and Greenburg Traurig.