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In Cold Blood is suddenly a hot commodity, again


Get ready for more true crime stuff (that is what you want, right?): The Weinstein Company is optioning the rights to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood with the aim of turning it into a TV event series.

Gary Oldman’s Flying Studios will produce, and Jane Austen letter-adapter and erstwhile TV writer Kevin Hood will work on the script, based on the serial-turned-novel In Cold Blood, which chronicled the 1959 murders of the Clutter family in Kansas. Capote worked on the book for more than six years, even developing relationships with Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, the men who were convicted of the murders.


There’s an added layer to the tale for the Weinstein Company to consider: last December, a judge ruled that Ronald Nye could publish documents pertaining to the case that he received from his father, Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent Harold Nye—documents that seemingly contradict some of the finer points in Capote’s book. Though Capote’s book has often been held up as a masterpiece of true-crime writing and investigative work, this isn’t the first time he’s been accused of poetic license. But now that Nye has judicial clearance to move forward with his own book about the case, maybe we’ll see a TV duel to rival last decade’s competing Capote projects.

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