HBO has closed deals for a noir drama series project entitled “Shakedown” from “Gone Girl” director David Fincher and “L.A. Confidential” writer James Ellroy.
Inspired by the story of vice cop turned P.I. Fred Otash, the series will be set in the tabloid world and the underbelly of Los Angeles in the 1950s. The project was originally developed at FX.
Ellroy penned a 2012 novella of the same name about a fictionalized version of Otash, but this will be an original drama project and not an adaptation. Fincher and Ellroy are executive producing alongside Joshua Donen, Clark Peterson, and Steven Hoban.
This marks Fincher’s second project for HBO, the other being an adaptation of cult British series “Utopia” which is still in development.