Paramount Television & Joe Carnahan is developing a 10-episode TV series based on his excellent 2002 gritty movie, 'Narc', and taking inspiration from Cary Fukunaga and Nic Pizzolatto's hit TV series 'True Detective'.
"I’m writing the outline of it right now. I mean, dude, it’s crazy. I came up with, what I thought, was a really cool way of kind of depicting that world right now, particularly Detroit. And Amy Powell, [Head of Television] at Paramount, God love her, really fell in love with it and said, “Listen, do you think we can do it?” And I said, “Yeah.” I mean it’s gonna mean some interesting things in terms of the feature and I don’t wanna give anything up yet, but it’s really exciting, man. It’s kind of the perfect television. It’s kind of limited, whether you do eight or 10 or what have you. It’s a really perfect format to kind of explore that world.
I wanna do something really cinematic and really filmic and keeping it the style… look I thought what Cary Fukunaga [and Nic Pizzolatto] did with True Detective was fudgeing phenomenal. It just had such a brilliant through line. Just a creative through line. And you knew that the origin was one single voice. That was fantastic. And I may do that on Narc. It’s like, that’s the thing, between directing maybe potentially eight to 10 of those hour long things over four or five months or whatever and busting my balls to a finance an indie? I’ll take the TV side. It’s much cooler. And the time, you can really let these things unfold, you know what I mean? Every moment’s not like a buzzer beater. It’s nice to let it kind of relax and just unfold naturally."