The best neo noir of the 90s never got the sequel it deserved.
Film fans know the film everywhere LA Confidential. It seemed to come out of nowhere in the 90s. It was a look back at the beauty and the dark side of Hollywood, adapted from the novel of the same name by James Ellroy. The film was directed by Curtis Hanson and written by Brian Helgeland. The film was a huge critical and commercial success, grossing $ 126 million on a budget of $ 35 million.
Everyone talked about the curvy story with incredible performances from Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, Russell Crowe and Danny DeVito. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but won only two: Best Supporting Actress (Basinger) and Best Adapted Screenplay. Titanic won the rest.
The film’s writer, Helgeland, recently did an interview with The Ringer talking about the sequel we never got to see.
According to The wrestler, “A few years ago Oscar-winning filmmaker Brian Helgeland went to Warner Bros. with what looked like a dynamite film: a sequel to LA Confidential, the 1997 Hollywood cop drama he worked with director Curtis Hanson. Helgeland had already secured a high-profile cast, including the return Secret Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce co-stars, alongside Chadwick Boseman, who would play a young cop. He had developed a new story with LA Confidential Novelist James Ellroy, one who would play in the mid-1970s. ”
Without explanation, Helgeland said Warner Bros. passed the project and that was it.
That could have been a dynamite film. Of course we would have loved to see more of Boseman, who would have been so much fun in this world and with this amazing writing. A film like this could really have revived the genre and changed the course of Hollywood.
But we also know that sequels are really hard to find and that an incorrectly handled entry into this universe could have diminished the effect of the beloved original. Unfortunately we will never know.
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