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Ellroy's second L.A. quartet launches with Perfidia, due to be published this fall. A letter from the author spills some of the story details: My design for “The Second L.A. Quartet” is unprecedented in scope, stylistic execution and dramatic intent. I will take characters -– both fictional and real-life -- from the first two extended bodies of work, and place them in Los Angeles during World War II –- as significantly younger people. The action will begin the day before the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and will carry an enormous range of people through to the end of the war. Massive police investigations, political intrigue, grand love affairs, war profiteering, Axis sabotage plots. Four 700-page hardcover novels that will span the homefront breadth of the greatest worldwide event of the twentieth century. And, now, Volume I -– PERFIDIA. The story unfolds, in densely structured real time, between December 6th and December 29th, 1941. Los Angeles is at the cusp of a titanic and horrifying world conflict. Political divisions – Isolationism versus Interventionism – rage. Anti-Japanese rancor is escalating and then the bodies of a middle-class Japanese family are found, in their home. It might be seppuku – ritual sword suicide. It might be murder. It’s a political hot potato for the rampantly corrupt Los Angeles Police Department, an agency beset by near-feudal factionalism and hounded by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI. The war now turns the LAPD topsy-turvy – and the Watanabe case becomes a maelstrom that forever changes and shatters scores of lives. There's a lot more at the link.
James Franco is in discussions to direct and star in an adaptation of American Tabloid: James Franco said today that he will direct and star in the James Ellroy adaptation American Tabloid. Deadline is hearing that the period adaptation is still coming together Sundance and is in the early stages, but Franco spilled the news to MTV while promoting his trio of festival projects at Sundance. Ellroy’s 1995 novel follows five years in the lives of three ex-law enforcement officers embroiled in shady interconnected Washington dealings that lead to President Kennedy’s 1963 assassination — a saga peppered with real-life figures including Jimmy Hoffa, Jack Ruby, Howard Hughes, and the Kennedy clan. Bruce Willis previously tried to turn American Tabloid and its sequel The Cold Six Thousand into an HBO TV miniseries in 2002 before Kirk Ellis took a stab at adapting the material for Tom Hanks’ Playtone and HBO in 2009.