Two Friedkin Film Noirs Get TV Adaptations

There’s an increasing trend with TV shows like “Fargo” and “Bates Motel” (and “Hannibal” to some extent) being based on existing cinematic works but using that fictional universe to explore their own original stories.

Now, “The Exorcist” and “The French Connection” director William Friedkin has revealed that two of his cinematic works are getting a similar treatment. It’s not either of those two aforementioned works, nor the likes of “Cruising,” “Sorcerer” or “Jade”.

Rather it’s two of his cult crime-noir films – 1985’s “To Live and Die in L.A.” and the more recent 2011 effort “Killer Joe”. Speaking with, Friedkin revealed his interest in working in long-form television and then revealed the dual-adaptation news.

Friedkin said: “MGM is trying to develop a television series on To Live and Die in LA. It won’t be that story at all, but it will be that vibe.” He adds that he’ll have approvals on where it goes, and is interested in directing the pilot if he likes the script.

He also confirmed the “Killer Joe” TV series, saying “it will not be the same story, but it will be very edgy, not unlike Fargo” and will likely feature a similar protagonist like Matthew McConaughey’s detective who moonlights as a hitman. Whether the infamous extended chicken leg fellatio scene will make the transition… we’ll see.

The two come on top of an unknown and previously announced project he’s working on with HBO.