Patty Jenkins and Chris Pine take a break from filming Wonder Woman 1984 to promote their upcoming limited series on TNT, I Am the Night. The period drama was green-lit in 2017 and given a title change from One Day She’ll Darken, before the network announced it would premiere in January 2019, giving audiences something to tune into to help fight the winter doldrums. So far, the network has released a single trailer and some behind-the-scenes footage, but now Jenkins and Pine are teaming up to prepare viewers for the upcoming television event.
Jenkins will direct the first two episodes of the six-episode series, with Pine starring as disgraced journalist Jay Singletary, who partners with a young woman named Fauna (India Eisley), who may or may not be connected to the gruesome Black Dahlia murder that has perplexed authorities and captivated true-crime enthusiasts for decades. That angle, combined with an “inspired by true events” tag, makes I Am the Night one highly anticipated series in the coming year.
The series looks as though it will deliver a solid crime thriller that’s elevated by its period setting and proximity to a real-life case that has achieved a morbid cult status due in part to its unsolved nature and the gruesome details of the crime. Add to that the paranoid leanings of the series itself and TNT may just have something on its hands that can rival that of HBO’s True Detective, in terms of prestige-y crime shows. Check out the trailer below:
“Inspired by true events, I Am the Night tells the gripping story of Fauna Hodel (Eisley), a teenage girl who is given away at birth, and grows up outside of Reno, Nevada. Fauna lives more-or-less comfortably with the mysteries of her origin, until one day she makes a discovery that leads her to question everything. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets of her past, she meets a ruined reporter (Pine), haunted by the case that undid him. Together they follow a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Los Angeles gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel (Mays), a man involved in some of Hollywood’s darkest debauchery, and possibly, its most infamous unsolved crime.”
There’s a fascinatingly sordid tenor to the trailer that will hopefully be a part of the series itself, as Singletary’s investigation takes him into some of the seedier parts of Los Angeles. Naturally, the series calls to mind the work of James Ellroy, with touches of both his The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential novels in just the official trailer alone. But with Jenkins serving as executive producer and working behind the camera for the first two episodes, it’s a good bet the series will manage to be reminiscent of Ellroy’s work while delivering something original in its own right.
I Am the Night premieres Monday, January 28, 2019 on TNT.