Monday, September 12, 2011

Easy Rawlins TV Series

Walter Mosley
Deadline Hollywood reports that John Wells Prodctions (Southland, Mildred Pierce) has sold the Easy Rawlins series to NBC.

NBC’s Easy Rawlins is based on Walter Mosley’s best-selling novels about Black P.I. Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, who finds himself solving crimes and dealing with the changing world around him in 1960s Los Angeles. (The books are set from 1940s to 1960s.) Easy is a reluctant, self-taught P.I. with a conscience and a soul – and he easily slips between white Los Angeles and the black underground.

Mosley will write the series adaptation with Southland co-executive producer Cheo Coker. A drama adaptation of Mosley’s Easy Rollins book series, which spanned 11 novels, was previously developed by USA Network 7 years ago. Additionally, Mosley served as an executive producer on the 2003 CBS drama pilot The Law & Mr. Lee, about an Oakland-based private eye played by Danny Glover. Easy Rawlins is the second project based on a well-known mystery series books with a minority protagonist to be set up at the broadcast networks this season. CBS recently bought a drama based on Leslie Glass’ Alice Woo novels from CBS TV Studios and Apostle.

4 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, this is good news, Janet! Thanks for sharing.

J.P. Hansen said...

I hope this series works. I love Mosley, and it would be a real drag to see TV screw up his books. I hope for the best.

kathy d. said...

This is a great idea.

I also hope that it is done well. Too many TV shows based on books lose something in the process of production.

Jean said...

Omg! This is going to be good. I think The devil in the blues dress came really close to the book, but that doesn't happen often. Movies can really screw up the story.