Bob Odenkirk Is Going to Play David Carr

AMC miniseries will channel the redemptive power of the late journalist's memoir.

Five years after the documentary Page One touched on David Carr’s personal triumphs, Hollywood is preparing a full look at the late New York Times columnist’s life. The project, announced today, will be a six-part AMC miniseries based on Carr’s memoir The Night of the Gun, to be produced in partnership with Sony Pictures Television.

From the announcement:

“I read David’s story when it came out and was wildly entertained by his saga,” says Bob Odenkirk, who will play Carr. “It’s a story of survival filled with pain, crack, journalistic righteousness, abandoned cars, crooks, lies and then there’s the two little girls who saved his life; it’s overstuffed with humanity. I hope to do justice to David’s intellect and his scrappy nature. It’s gonna be crazy… if we do it right.”

Adds Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV: “Carr’s work as a journalist was uncompromising, enlightening and, most of all, always driven by a fundamental quest for the truth. When he turned those skills and values around to focus on his own life as an addict, the result was a stunningly original, compelling and important piece of journalism the likes of which the world had never seen; a simultaneously heartbreaking, funny and inspirational account that redefined the idea of telling a personal story.”

Odenkirk will co-executive produce the series together with Shawn Ryan, whose previous credits include The Shield, and Odenkirk-Provissiero partner Marc Provissiero. Attached as writers are Ryan and Eileen Myers.

In 2012, we sat down with Carr and he told us about his First Big Break: