Journalist David Carr’s bestselling memoir The Night of the Gun is being developed by AMC and Sony Pictures Television as a six-part miniseries, written by Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and starring Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul).
The Night of the Gun is described as “an incredible tale of a journalist’s search for the truth about the most painful subject of his career — himself,” a “hysterical look at the demon of addiction and his journey from the crack pipe to esteemed columnist for The New York Times.” Carr died in February 2015 after a battle with lung cancer.
“I couldn’t be more honored to help bring his story to life,” Ryan said in a statement, “especially with the immensely talented Bob Odenkirk as an actor and creative partner.”
Says Odenkirk: “I read David’s story… when it came out and was wildly entertained by his saga. 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. Shawn Ryan is the man to explore this real anti-hero story. I hope to do justice to David’s intellect and his scrappy nature. It’s gonna be crazy… if we do it right.”
Odenkirk will also serve as an executive producer, alongside Ryan, Marc Provissiero, Joshua Astrachan and writer Eileen Myers.