September 13th, 2011
05:50 PM ET
Walter Mosley's private investigator Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins is moving from fiction to primetime.
According to Deadline, NBC is developing a project called "Easy Rawlins," based on Mosley's best-selling series.
The novels feature a self-taught black detective who finds himself solving crimes amidst the changing social landscape of Los Angeles from the '40s to the '60s, but NBC will narrow the show's focus to the latter decade. The character is one that moves easily between the segregated worlds of L.A.
The first novel in the series, "Devil in a Blue Dress," made it to the big screen in 1995 and starred Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle. Fans of Mosley's work will be happy to know that he's co-writing the television series with "Southland" exec producer Cheo Coker.
There's another iconic character rumored to be in the works as well. According to ComingSoon, French studio Gaumont is creating a television studio stateside, and one of the projects in the works would focus on Hannibal Lecter.
Details are few, but ComingSoon cites a press release that suggests the TV project would focus on the serial killer's early days, specifically when he goes "head-to-head" with FBI agent Will Graham.
Now it's time to play casting agent: Who could portray Easy? And would you want to see Hannibal Lecter on the small screen?
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