Works of Elmore Leonard, Lawrence Block Heading to Cable

Some interesting bits came out in a Hollywood Reporter article about Sony television production company Timberman/Beverly Prods.

The company is developing on projects based on the works of Crime icons Elmore Leonard and Lawrence Block.

Fire in the Hole is the basis for a series featuring U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. The show would look at Givens not only working cases, but dealing with issues in his personal life, including his aging father and ex-wife. Givens also appeared in the novels Pronto and Riding the Rap. Here is the hat that Leonard says is that of Raylan.

The show is to be directed by Michael Dinner. This has me excited. Dinner not only has experience with Mr. Leonard’s characters, having worked on the short-lived Karen Sisco, but also was a producer/director for the amazing Kidnapped. Dinner first real break came on The Wonder Years, where he directed and/or produced almost two dozen episodes.

Hit Man is to be based on Lawrence Block’s Keller series. The author describes his character as “the urban lonely guy of assassins, wistful and introspective and lethal, is as unlikely a series character as I can imagine.”

In the Reporter article, Carl Beverly (The Beverly in Timberman/Beverly) describes the show as “a character piece about a meticulous hitman’s messy midlife crisis and what bubbles to the surface as a consequence.”

Michael Dinner is also working this one! He is directing and handling writing duties.

Reading the article, it sounds like each will a movie, but that is not explicitly stated. A comment on Elmore Leonard’s site suggests that the Givens project might be a series. With Dinner being credited for each, I can’t imagine him tackling two series at once. They may be making a two-hour telefilm, with plans for a series if either takes off. I will try to get some clarification on this.

Both projects are set up at FX.