Friedkin To Helm “Live and Die in LA” Series

William Friedkin is set to turn his own 1985 feature thriller “To Live and Die in L.A.” into a dramatic TV series for “Manhattan” and “Salem” broadcaster WGN America.

William Peterson, Willem Dafoe, and John Pankow starred in the original film which followed two Secret Service agents on the trail of a counterfeiting operation in Los Angeles. It was based on the novel of the same name by former Secret Service officer Gerald Petievich.

Friedkin is tipped to direct the pilot and executive produce the series based upon ideas he hatched with “Crash” co-writer Robert Moresco. Moresco will script the series and also act as an executive producer.

If the first batch of scripts are well received by WGN and producers MGM Television and Tribute Studios, the show could go straight to series. No casting has been announced for the show.