It has been announced that star of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad, Bob Odenkirk has signed on to play David Carr in the AMC adaptation of The Night of the Gun — the acclaimed memoir by the late New York Times columnist. No stranger to the dark comedy and drama genres, Odenkirk will play the drug-addict-turned-prize-winning author in the 6-part miniseries scheduled to premiere next year.
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The official synopsis of the memoir is below:
From David Carr (1956-2015), the undeniably brilliant and dogged journalist (“Entertainment Weekly”) and author of the instant “New York Times” bestseller that the “Chicago Sun-Times” called a compelling tale of drug abuse, despair, and, finally, hope.
Do we remember only the stories we can live with? The ones that make us look good in the rearview mirror? In “The Night of the Gun,” David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict and chronicles his journey from crack-house regular to regular columnist for “The New York Times.” Built on sixty videotaped interviews, legal and medical records, and three years of reporting, “The Night of the Gun” is a ferocious tale that uses the tools of journalism to fact-check the past. Carr’s investigation of his own history reveals that his odyssey through addiction, recovery, cancer, and life as a single parent was far more harrowing and, in the end, more miraculous than he allowed himself to remember.
Fierce, gritty, and remarkable, “The Night of the Gun” is an odyssey you’ll find hard to forget (“People”).
“I read David’s story, ‘The Night of the Gun,’ when it came out and was wildly entertained by his saga.” Bob Odenkirk has stated. “It’s a story of survival filled with pain, crack, journalistic righteousness, abandoned cars, crooks, lies, and then there’s the two little girls who saved his life; it’s overstuffed with humanity. It’s gonna be crazy… if we do it right.”
What do you think of the casting news? Are you excited to tune into the miniseries?
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