TNT’s ‘Company’ picnic

Littell's novel comes to life on TV mini

HOLLYWOOD — The long road from print to screen finally came to an end for TNT’s miniseries “The Company” at Monday night’s premiere in Westwood.

Based on Robert Littell’s bestselling novel, “The Company” was originally intended as a feature film, but when the bigscreen didn’t work out, it found new life as a miniseries.

Star Chris O’Donnell wasn’t surprised the project won a home on cable television. “Look at the people who are doing shows on TNT and USA and HBO…there’s great stuff being done,” he said. Screenwriter Ken Nolan expressed mixed emotions about saying goodbye to his 3½-year project. “It’s just amazing that it was made in this format. It’s a really great feeling to finally have it finished,” he said. “And it’s sort of sad; it’s like your baby is going away.”

During the after-party in the Hammer Museum courtyard, upbeat tunes from the ’60s and ’70s played (appropriate considering the film spans the Cold War era) while co-stars Michael Keaton, Alfred Molina and Alessandro Nivola, as well as helmer Mikael Salomon, mingled and enjoyed the decadent ice cream table, whose goodies helped fight the summer heat.

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