AMC to develop miniseries of David Carr’s The Night of The Gun with Bob Odenkirk to star

Reported by The Hollywood Reporter, there’s been talk of a potential miniseries based on David Carr’s memoir, The Night of The Gun. AMC will be teaming up with some familiar faces if the series does move forward in production.

The network announced on Monday night that they will be working with Sony Pictures Television to develop a six-part series based on the late journalist’s memoirs.

Shawn Ryan will be creating the adaptation with Better Call Saul star, Bob Odenkirk. Odenkirk will portray David Carr in the series.

“I read David’s story, The Night of the Gun, when it came out and was wildly entertained by his saga,” said Odenkirk.

“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.”

If the project does end up moving forward, the cable network would have made the careful selection of the miniseries in hopes that it will reach such critical acclaim like co-production series The Night Manager. 

“David Carr’s work as a journalist was uncompromising, enlightening and, most of all, always driven by a fundamental quest for the truth,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV.

“When he turned those skills and values around to focus on his own life as an addict, the result was a stunningly original, compelling and important piece of journalism the likes of which the world had never seen — a simultaneously heartbreaking, funny and inspirational account that redefined the idea of telling a personal story. Shawn Ryan, Bob Odenkirk and the incredible team behind this have embraced all the things that David would have loved as a storyteller and crafted a vision for The Night of the Gun that we hope will be as timeless as David’s book.”