AMC and Sony Pictures Television have announced an agreement to develop journalist David Carr’s searing and poignant bestselling memoir The Night of the Gun as a six-part miniseries on AMC. Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, Fargo, Breaking Bad) is attached to play Carr, with Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Mad Dogs, Terriers) attached to write.
“The Night of the Gun is an incredible tale of a journalist’s search for the truth about the most painful subject of his career — himself. David Carr’s autobiography is a searing, hysterical look at the demon of addiction and his journey from the crack pipe to esteemed columnist for The New York Times,” Ryan said. “I couldn’t be more honored to help bring his story to life, especially with the immensely talented Bob Odenkirk as an actor and creative partner.”
“I read David’s story, The Night of the Gun, when it came out and was wildly entertained by his saga. It’s a story of survival filled with pain, crack, journalistic righteousness, abandoned cars, crooks, lies, and then there’s the two little girls who saved his life; it’s overstuffed with humanity,” Odenkirk said. “Shawn Ryan is the man to explore this real anti-hero story. I hope to do justice to David’s intellect and his scrappy nature.”
Odenkirk and Ryan are both executive producers, along with Marc Provissiero of Odenkirk-Provissiero and Joshua Astrachan of Animal Kingdom, which originated the project. Eileen Myers (Masters of Sex, Mad Dogs, Hung) is also attached as an executive producer and writer.
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