Barry Levinson Boards A Train

Barry Levinson (“Wag the Dog,” “Good Morning Vietnam”) will direct the LA noir thriller “Train” for Lakeshore Entertainment says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on “Mulholland Falls” author Pete Dexter’s novel, the 1950s-set “Train” centers on Miller Packard, a white sergeant in the San Diego Police Department.

There’s also a young black golf caddy named Lionel “Train” Walk, who harbors knowledge of a murder, and the novel deals with what happens when the characters collide.

The mystery also explores themes of city politics and racism in midcentury Southern California. Allison Burnett (“Untraceable,” “Resurrecting the Champ”) adapted the screenplay.

Levinson remains attached to direct western “Boone’s Lick” for Universal and the travel memoir “A Walk in the Woods.