Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and supporting actor Chris Pine will be reunited for a new six-part series on TNT, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The series is called One Day She’ll Darken, and it’s a true crime story based on the autobiography of Fauna Hodel. Jenkins’ husband, novelist Sam Sheridan, will write the script; Jenkins will direct the pilot and executive produce. This isn’t her first work in television, as she’s also directed episodes for series as diverse as Arrested Development, Entourage, and The Killing. She was nominated for a directing Emmy in 2011 for the latter. This will, however, be Chris Pine’s first-ever series television role.
He’ll play a former Marine named Jay Singletary, who becomes a tabloid journalist and chases the Hodel story.
Hodel’s wealthy parents gave her away to a casino bathroom attendant in 1951. In her personal quest to find out about her family history she ran up against a conspiracy revolving around Dr. George Hodel, who was involved in the infamous 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short (often referred to as the “Black Dahlia murder”). The story has been fodder for adaptations before — Fauna Hodel’s early life was the subject of the unreleased 1991 film Pretty Hattie's Baby, and a fictionalized version of Short’s murder was part of the first season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story. The 1981 film True Confessions, starring Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall and co-written by John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion, is also loosely based on that murder, as is the 2006 Brian de Palma and Scarlett Johansson film The Black Dahlia.
Sheridan, who is mostly known as a travel writer and for his 2006 nonfiction work A Fighter’s Heart (about the cultural history of boxing), will be making his TV debut as well.
This news comes just a few days after Warner Bros. announced a December 2019 release date for Wonder Woman 2, and though Jenkins’ return as director has been rumored, it’s not yet confirmed.