AMC is re-teaming with Bob Odenkirk.
Odenkirk is set to star in AMC and Sony Pictures TV’s adaptation of David Carr’s memoir The Night Of The Gun, Deadline reports. In the six-part miniseries Odenkirk will portray the longtime New York Times columnist, who just died last year at the age of 58. Carr’s 2008 memoir details his journey with drug and alcohol addiction.
“I read David’s story, The Night Of The Gun, when it came out and was wildly entertained by his saga,” said Odenkirk. “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.”
Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Terriers, Mad Dogs, The Get Down) is writing the series, as well as executive producing alongside Odenkirk, Marc Provissiero (W/Bob and David), Joshua Astrachan (It Follows, Short Term 12) and Eileen Meyers (Hung, Big Love). Meyers, who also worked as a writer on Ryan’s Mad Dogs, is also attached as a writer for the miniseries.
On working with Ryan, 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. It’s gonna be crazy…if we do it right.”
Ryan also commented on his involvement with the miniseries. “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,” said Ryan. “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.”
Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, spoke about the channel’s decision to move forward with The Night Of The Gun. “David Carr’s work as a journalist was uncompromising, enlightening, and most of all, always driven by a fundamental quest for the truth. When he turned those skills and values around to focus on his own life as an addict, the result was a stunningly original, compelling and important piece of journalism the likes of which the world had never seen — a simultaneously heartbreaking, funny, and inspirational account that redefined the idea of telling a personal story,” said Stillerman. “Shawn Ryan, Bob Odenkirk, and the incredible team behind this have embraced all the things that David would have loved as a storyteller, and crafted a vision for The Night Of The Gun that we hope will be as timeless as David’s book.”
AMC has just recently had success with a different six-part miniseries with the Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie starring The Night Manager. The John La Carre adaptation just aired its finale on the channel. This also marks Odenkirk’s third project with AMC, having played lawyer Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.