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Luca Guadagnino Set To Helm ‘L.A. Confidential’ Prequel

by Luke Ryan Baldock

Luca Guadagnino is said to be developing an adaptation of the James Ellroy novel THE BIG NOWHERE. Luca Guadagnino may be known for shorts and documentaries, but that hasn’t stopped him from dabbling in feature films before. He was responsible for the lackluster MELISSA P. (2005) but also the rather impressive I AM LOVE (2009).

THE BIG NOWHERE is part of James Ellroy’s LA Quartet. Those familiar with L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (1997), and let’s face it you really should be, will recognise recurring characters such as Buzz Meeks and Dudley Smith. The main character though is Danny Upshaw, a cop hunting  a serial killer during a time of great paranoia and suspicion due to the Red Scare, which sees accusations of communism thrown around.

I feel as though this film could go either way. Despite the fantastic brilliant wonderfulness of L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet was also responsible for THE BLACK DAHLIA (2006) a film I have very little love for. The final piece of this quartet’s puzzle WHITE JAZZ has been a project that Joe Carnahan has been struggling to get off the ground. Does he have no luck?

Source: First Showing

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