Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is in discussions to direct The Big Nowhere, an adaptation of James Elroy’s gritty novel of the same name. The film will be produced by Heyday’s David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford, along with Maurizio Grimaldi.
The Big Nowhere is the second novel in Elroy’s L.A. Quarter, a series of novels set during the 1940’s and 1950’s. His first was The Black Dahlia, a fantastic novel underwhelmingly adaptated by Brian De Palma in 2006; starring Josh Harnett, Scarlett Johansson and Aaron Eckhart. His third novel was L.A. Confidential, adapted into an Oscar winning movie by Curtis Hanson, starring Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger and Danny Devito.
The Big Nowhere tells the story of L.A. Cop Danny Upshaw who sets out to capture a brutal sex murderer whilst acting as a decoy to expose communists in Hollywood, part of the infamous McCarthy Witchhunts. A few familiar faces include Captain Dudley Smith (played by James Cromwell in L.A. Confidential) and Buzz Meeks, who also crops up in Confidential.
Luca Guadagnino is best known for his BAFTA nominated I Am Love starring Tilda Swinton. The director’s next film is a remake of 1969 French film La Picine, called A Bigger Splash. He is also producing a remake of Dario Argento’s cult classic Suspiria.