Wolf at Par’s pic door

Prolific writer teams with 'Law & Order' showrunner

Novelist James Ellroy (“L.A. Confidential”) will pen his first original script, “77,” for Paramount Pictures, with Dick Wolf and Wolf Films prexy Tony Ganz on board to produce.

Script will link two events from May 1974 — the unsolved murder of an LAPD officer and a shootout in South Central Los Angeles that mesmerized a live national television audience as the LAPD and the Symbionese Liberation Army exchanged more than 50,000 rounds of gunfire.

“Dick Wolf is the king of television crime, and I have no doubt that he will soon become the king of feature film crime,” said Ellroy. ” ’77’ will be my first epic-length film script — and I’m thrilled that the Wolfman is at the helm,” he said.

“James is a legend,” said Wolf, prolific producer of such television shows as “Law & Order.” “From ‘L.A. Confidential’ to ‘The Black Dahlia’ to ‘American Tabloid’ and his 12 other riveting books, he has captured the essence of Los Angeles and the LAPD better than any other writer, period. He brings a perspective and style that has put him in a class of his own.”

Ellroy’s L.A. quartet novels — “The Black Dahlia,” “The Big Nowhere,” “L.A. Confidential” and “White Jazz” — were international bestsellers. His new novel, “The Cold Six Thousand,” will be released in May.

Films based on Ellroy’s books include “Cop” (based on “Blood on the Moon”), “L.A. Confidential” and “Brown’s Requiem.”

In association with Studios USA, Wolf Films produces two of NBC’s highest-rated current drama series — the Emmy Award-winning “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Wolf Films is also producing “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” for the fall 2001 season, the “dramamentary” “Trial & Error” from Bill Guttentag and syndicated strip series “Arrest & Trial,” hosted by Brian Dennehy. Wolf’s film projects include Paramount’s “School Ties,” MGM’s “Masquerade” and Orion’s “No Man’s Land.”

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