While the rest of the world was consumed with the Senate vote on a “skinny repeal” of Obamacare, my inbox exploded with news of a purported “Black Dahlia TV series.” Oh dear. This one is supposed to involve “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and star Chris Pine, who played Steve Trevor in the hit movie.
A bit of research shows that the project in question is a pilot episode and five installments of “One Day She’ll Darken” for TNT, based on the life of Fauna Hodel, a daughter of the late Tamar Hodel, an extremely troubled woman who, according to Steve Hodel’s “Black Dahlia Avenger,” gave both of her daughters the name Fauna.
Random house says of the TV series’ author, Sam Sheridan:
Note to Random House: Nobody can be a Merchant Marine; they can be in the merchant marine.
I can’t find any listings for Sheridan on IMDB, so presumably this would presumably be his debut writing for the cameras.
As far as we are concerned, the Hodel clan is free to say whatever crazy thing it wants about Dr. George Hodel, the family patriarch and tent pole of the family franchise of crackpot books, although much of it is fanciful and highly fictionalized.
Judging by Variety’s article on the project, they are making Dr. Hodel into a gynecologist (sorry, no; nor was he a surgeon. He was in public health).
Any claims about Elizabeth Short will be refuted as necessary.
But here’s the most important part:
Executive summary: Somebody got some studio money to write a script. There are some names attached to it, but don’t hold your breath.
Those with long memories may recall that Steve Hodel’s “Black Dahlia Avenger” was optioned by New Line Cinema in 2006.
We’re still waiting for that one.