Showtime nabs ‘Feast’

Jayanti pic to unspool in November

Showtime has picked up U.S. rights to Vikram Jayanti’s documentary “James Ellroy’s Feast of Death.”

Docu, which unspooled at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival, explores the writer’s passion for unsolved homicides.

Project, produced by Jayanti’s production shingle Vixpix Films, and co-funded by the BBC, will bow on the cabler in November.

Written, directed and produced by Jayanti, “Feast” trails Ellroy as he rides with the LAPD, delves into unsolved cases and examines his fascination with Elizabeth Short — the Black Dahlia — whose murder bore many parallels to that of his own mother’s.

Docu recreates the crime scene and revisits Ellroy’s obsession with the case, a fixation that led him to pen the 1987 bestseller “The Black Dahlia.”

There has been a renewed interest in the Dahlia case of late, following the publication, earlier this year, of LAPD detective Steve Hodel’s book “The Black Dahlia Avenger,” which accuses Hodel’s own father of the crime.

Jayanti is best known as a producer of the Academy Award winning docu “When We Were Kings,” about Muhammad Ali and George Foreman’s 1974 Rumble in the Jungle in Kinshasa, Zaire.