Book overview: Taking off from an unsolved
1940s true crime, Ellroy follows two LAPD cops who
become obsessed with the case of a beautiful woman
found murdered and mutilated.
Book grade: A-
Reason for adaptation optimism: That's what
everyone said about L.A. Confidential, which
didn't turn out too badly; Brian DePalma's films are many
things, but never boring.
Reason for adaptation concern: Ellroy's dense
plot wouldn't seem to lend itself well to a condensed
Film scheduled release date: Sept. 15
The movie pitch: "L.A. Confidential
meets ... er, L.A. Confidential."
MPAARating: Not Rated
Everyone always says, "Yeah, but the book was better." But how do you know if they're just trying to pretend they actually read? Here's a handy guide for some of this fall's literary adaptations, based on a look at the source material. Maybe you, too, could pretend you actually read. (Release dates subject to change.)