Really? I mean let’s go ahead and call the 4 linked books of the “LA Quartet” pure noir. I mean, Bleichert, Vincennes, Buzz Meeks…jeez, what a collection of scumbags.
I guess I see Kemper Boyd (how perfect would Alec Baldwin be for that role? Except you’d have to find someone even taller to play Pete Bondurant), “Big Pete”, and Ward Littell (I always get stuck on who’d play him…maybe Costner with the weak chin and wire glasses, sort of a wussier version of the Jim Garrison character he played in JFK?) as perfect noir characters. I mean, of all of them, the guy with the purest motives is Bondurant–and he whacks some poor shmuck in the first chapter for Hoffa. They’re horribly flawed humans who by actions they cannot control set into motion events that go way beyond the orbits they envisioned. Admittedly, with the Hemingway-on-ephedrine prose of Six Thousand, Ellroy does get experimental. But I still see plenty that a noir-lover would enjoy. Plus, if you’ve followed Jimmy’s twisted and sickening post-war history of America this far, you’re gonna want to see where he goes with it.
Anyway, I got the info on Police Gazette from one of the fansites. Maybe ellroy.com, but maybe not. IIRC, it comes out now in 2005 or '06, and will complete the second trilogy, and weigh in at a hefty 1000+ pages. Apparently it ends when J. Edgar goes to that cross-dressing bi-curious g-man mixer in the sky.
EDITED TO ADD: Here’s the best info I could find on the web. Cut’n’pasted from modestyarbor.com:
[i]THE LATEST: In an interview given to an Italian journalist to promote Destination Morgue, Ellroy indicated Police Gazette will likely conclude with the death of J. Edgar Hoover, further underscoring Ellroy’s often stated determination to steer clear of Watergate…He also sees a publication date of 2006/7…
The sequel to “American Tabloid” & “The Cold Six Thousand”; the concluding volume of “The Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy.” Said by Ellroy to span the years 1968-1973, encompassing Vietnam, the death of J. Edgar Hoover and the reign of President Richard M. Nixon. Ellroy also intimates we will “learn who really killed Sonny Liston.” The novel, like “American Tabloid” and “The Cold Six Thousand,” will be structured around a trio of central characters including the returning Wayne Tedrow Jr. From a page-count standpoint, Ellroy also vows the book will be the longest of the trilogy.[/i]
Also, you’ve heard that a movie version of Black Dahlia is in pre-production? Originally David Fincher was going to direct, but now it’ll be DePalma. Mark Wahlberg will be Lee Blanchard, Josh Hartnett is Bucky Bleichert, and Scarlett Johansson is Kay. No way they top the film version of Confidential, but I’m still looking forward to it. Shooting starts May 24.