NBC skein takes cue from 'Rashomon'
Graham Yost isn’t concerned that “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” the No. 1-rated drama, is told in a linear fashion. The fact that the hugely popular “Law & Order” franchise is a by-the-numbers storyline doesn’t come in to play either.
“Boomtown,” created by Yost, has gone a different route. Yost is telling stories that allow the audiences to decide which version of the truth is the most compelling and won’t spell out every plot point.
Shot in “Rashomon” style from the perspective of the cops, crooks and others involved, skein looks at an L.A.-based crime from the inception to the prosecution.
Yost, who wrote one of the episodes of the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” says he got the idea of having different viewpoints of a singular event by talking to World War II soldiers.
“Each veteran I spoke to had a different account of this battle and it was my job to put it all together,” Yost recalls. “I thought wouldn’t it be interesting, instead of putting it all together in a chronological linear fashion, if I just told one vet’s story, then another, and let the audience put it together?
“That wasn’t appropriate for ‘Band of Brothers’ but the idea stuck with me.”
Los Angeles-area cops — from the Rodney King riots to the Rampart investigation to the most recent alleged beating by Inglewood’s finest — have had their share of negative publicity over the past decade. Deserved or not, “Boomtown” won’t hide that fact as the season ensues.
“We’re creating a little bit of a parallel universe,” Yost explains. “We’re not going to pretend it didn’t happen but at the same time we’ll also be creating our own thing, so we’ve got our own police corruption history. … We’re not going to shy away from stuff.”