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More Noir!! Levinson Adapts TRAIN!!

Merrick here...
Barry Levinson will adapt Peter Dexter's novel TRAIN (available HERE) for the big screen.
The 1950s-set "Train" centers on Miller Packard, a white sergeant in the San Diego Police Department, and a young black golf caddy named Lionel "Train" Walk, who harbors knowledge of a murder, and what happens when the characters collide. The mystery also explores themes of city politics and racism in midcentury Southern California.
...syas THIS ARTICLE in Hollywood Reporter. The project will be scripted by Allison Burnett (AUTUMN IN NEW YORK, UNTRACEABLE), who recently penned the forthcoming remake of FAME (details HERE). Yesterday we reported that Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes was mounting an noir(ish) project called FIASCO HEIGHTS (HERE). While two noir projects hardly constitue a 'trend', I wouldn't be surprised if this eventually becomes one. Sooner or later, The Powers That Be will exhaust their stockpile of pre-established titles that are easy to remake/market and will need to move on to something else.

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  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Hi Dalto here

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    oops wrong talkback

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Dammit, how could I, Dalton mispell...

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    yet again oops, wrong talkback.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Well, if no-one else will converse

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    lets talk License to Kill shall we?

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Dalto, actually Dalton approves of this now famous name var.

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    it is written, so it shall be.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Sounds like the first half of L.A. Confidential

    by Fawst

    Which isn't a bad thing, just pointing out that while making a noir story, they can still tap the vein, so to speak.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Anyone care to talk about lighter flamethrowers

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    or slaughtering Robert Davi??????

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Love me a bit of "noir"

    by Be_a_zed

    Ellroy really.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Whattabout cigarrette packet detonators?????

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    thats gotta be a hot topic.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Hey, noir is the best possible genre we could be overrun by

    by TheSeeker7

    .. at the very least it's better than 400 carbon copy "rom-coms", but please, let Damn You Michael Bay nowhere friggin near a piece of film noir property.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Wait, let me clarify:

    by Fawst

    The first half of L.A. Confidential where it was all about tracking down the young black kids who had the white woman tied up. Racism in Cali in the 50's. With a young cop. *shrug* Then again, that's kinda like saying Star Wars ripped off LOTR because it was a journey with magic and swords.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Ok, Dalto knows when he's beat

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    though it usually involves the destruction of the Hollywoodland sign.......

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    noir has been overdone

    by dioxholster

    we should move on to something new like philanthropy, where all characters care about the world suffering.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST


    by VictorVonDoom

    All DOOM knows in regards to trains is that they are not a venue in which DOOM would consume green eggs & ham!

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Clearly off topic but over at trailers

    by Reelheed

    theres a harry potter and the half blood prince trailer if you havent seen it

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    That band sucks.

    by TooWhippy

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Palmetto w/ Woody and Devil in Blue dress were

    by GQtaste

    both great noir films. I"m glad they're making more of them.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST


    by NiceGuyEddie19

    Man, I like Dalton as much as the next guy. I also enjoy seeing tits on BBC. Big, giant milky british tits. You can't pidgeonhole me on the prudish "Yank" thing. And let me inform you also, that no American self-identifies as a "Yank". It's either "Yankee" in rare cases, or someone who would be deeply offended at being called a "Yank" or "Yankee". These people reside south of Maryland. Now on the topic of Dalton again, what's with the obsession? Do you get lit up on Glen Fiddich and do this every night?

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Levinson hasn't done anything interesting for a while now.

    by PumpyMcAss

    But he was behind the excellent (well, the first few seasons, anyway) Homicide: Life on the Street and some decent period Baltimore films (Diner, Avalon, Tin Men, Liberty Heights) so maybe a mesh betweent those two types of projects will serve the great Dexter's stuff well. If you're into Richard Price, Dennis Lehane, or George Pelecanos, Pete Dexter should be added to your list.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Isn't there a new Easy Rawlins movie coming out?

    by jah_kingdom