So according to Deadline, Fox has greenlit a pilot order to a yet untitled drama series project based on the best-selling book Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Miramax, which produced Ben Affleck’s fantastic adaptation and directorial debut of the same title in 2007.
This adaptation, however, will be written by Black Sails co-creator Robert Levine who is also producing with along with Lehane.
If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, it revolves around two Boston private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro who are hired to find four-year-old Amanda McCready, abducted from her bed on a warm, summer night. They meet her stoned-out, strangely apathetic mother, her loving aunt, and uncle, the mother’s dangerous, drug-addled friends, and two cops who’ve found so many abused or dead children they may be too far over the edge to come back. Despite the enormous public attention, rabid news coverage, and dogged police work, the investigation repeatedly hits a brick wall. Led into a world of drug dealers, child molesters, and merciless executioners, Patrick and Angie are soon forced to face not only the horrors adults can perpetrate on innocents but also their own conflicted feelings about what is best, and worst, when it comes to raising children.
First off, I love the entire Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro series by Dennis Lehane. I also adore Affleck’s 2007 adaptation of Lehane’s novel which I believe is the rare case of the movie adaptation one-upping the book.
Dennis Lehane is one of the best genre writers working with his books having been adapted into critical successes such as Mystic River, The Drop, and Shutter Island. His last novel to hit movie screens was 2016’s Live By Night also adapted and directed by Affleck, was good, but it was the second in a trilogy of books and the movie suffered a bit for that reason.
I’m not the biggest fan of this trend of turning films into television shows unless there is something new to offer instead of solely going off name recognition or nostalgia alone. And why focus on just Gone Baby Gone, the fourth of six entries in the Kenzie/Gennaro series. They’re all pretty fantastic books that you could do a lot with on TV.
Having said that I’m not sure if Fox is the right network for this brand. It screams of high quality and should be a vanity project for HBO, Netflix, Amazon, AMC or FX.
I’ll be waiting to hear more about this project as it develops.
Find Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane on Amazon and then check out the film!