TNT Orders The Alienist Adaptation, Young Shakespeare Pilot and More

TNT Alienist Miniseries

TNT is venturing into both the Gilded Age and the Elizabethan Era, via two new projects announced Wednesday at its Upfront presentation.

The cabler has made a series commitment to an eight-part adaptation of The Alienist, Caleb Carr’s bestseller that is set in 1896 and follows then-New York City police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt as he attempts to solve gruesome murders.

True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga will direct the series, with Hossein Amini (Drive) penning the episodes.

TNT also announced a pair of pilots: Will, which revolves around a young William Shakespeare and is told in raucous style by filmmaker Baz Lurhmann’s long-time writing partner, Craig Pearce; and Animal Kingdom, which is described as a family crime drama set in a gritty surf community.

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