AMC Working on Miniseries About Journalist David Carr

With Bob Odenkirk of 'Better Call Saul' playing Carr
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2016 2:48 PM CDT
AMC Working on Miniseries About Journalist David Carr
In this Nov. 21, 2011, file photo, "New York Times" journalist David Carr poses for photos as he arrives for the French premiere of the documentary "Page One: Inside the New York Times" in Paris.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

A new AMC miniseries will bring the story of the late New York Times writer David Carr onto the small screen, the AP reports. The network is teaming up with Sony Pictures Television to develop a six-episode miniseries on Carr, based on his 2008 memoir The Night of the Gun, with Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk set to play the respected journalist. "I hope to do justice to David's intellect and his scrappy nature," Odenkirk says in a statement, per the New York Times. "It's gonna be crazy … if we do it right." Shawn Ryan, best known for creating FX's The Shield, will be adapting the series and executive-producing it; Odenkirk will also serve as an executive producer.

"I read David's story … when it came out and was wildly entertained by his saga," Odenkirk says, per the Hollywood Reporter. "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." Ryan notes that viewers will also likely be drawn in by Carr's ascent from a drug-addled life to his vaunted position in the media world. "[It's] an incredible tale of a journalist's search for the truth about the most painful subject of his career—himself," Ryan says. No debut date has been announced. (Tributes to David Carr poured in after his death.)

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