Ellroy takes ‘Detour’ to ABC telepic

Novelist set to produce Turner/Stompanato tale

This article was corrected on September 20, 2000.

Prolific novelist James Ellroy (“L.A. Confidential”) has elected to exec produce “Detour,” based on the book by Cheryl Crane and Cliff Jahr, for ABC television. Pic would rep his first such effort.

Ellroy penned an outline for the film adaptation, which Mitch Brian (“The ’70s”) will write. Project will also be exec produced by Tom Patricia. Gerry Abrams of Cypress Point Prods. (TNT’s “Nuremberg”) and Gina Offerman (co-producer of HBO’s “The USS Pueblo”) will produce.

“Detour” is the Lana Turner/Johnny Stompanato story. Crane is Turner’s daughter.

Ellroy, whose “L.A. Confidential” became a successful feature film helmed by Curtis Hanson, has also written such books as “Hollywood Nocturnes,” “The Black Dahlia” and “American Tabloid.” His novels “The Plague Season” is set up at Intermedia, while “White Jazz” is now at Interlight (in turnaround from New Line Cinema), respectively.

Ellroy, Abrams, Offerman and Brian are repped by AMG. Brian is also repped by ICM, Offerman by Howard Frumes.

Crane and Jahr were repped by the William Morris Agency.

AMG/Renaissance’s Joel Gotler brokered the deal along with ABC’s exec Quinn Taylor.

(Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)

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