Writer and producer Frank Pugliese (House of Cards) has been tapped as showrunner for TNT’s The Angel of Darkness, a limited series based on author Caleb Carr’s second novel in the Dr. Laszlo Kreizler series and follow-up to both the bestseller and lmited series The Alienist. The project is a co-production between Paramount Television and Studio T; Eric Roth, Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin, and Cary Joji Fukunaga serve as executive producers.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with the talented cast, crew and team that brought The Alienist to life. Myself and the writers coming on board for The Angel of Darkness are looking forward to continuing this story born from the wondrous imagination of Caleb Carr.” – Frank Pugliese
Reuniting Alienist cast mates Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning, the new limited series finds Sara Howard (Fanning), who has opened her own private detective agency, enlisting the help of Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl) and John Moore (Evans) to hunt down an elusive killer.
“Following the tremendous success of The Alienist, we are excited to welcome an immensely talented and accomplished showrunner who could not only do justice to Caleb Carr’s popular sequel but also add a unique point of view. With Frank, we have found a three-time Emmy Award nominee whose unique skills will surely catapult The Angel of Darkness to the same heights of success as its predecessor.” – Sarah Aubrey, EVP-Original Programming, TNT
Originally published in 1997 by Ballantine Books, here’s the rundown on Carr’s The Angel of Darkness:
It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline.
Kreizler and his friends–high-living crime reporter John Schuyler Moore; indomitable, derringer-toting Sara Howard; the brilliant (and bickering) detective brothers Marcus and Lucius Isaacson; powerful and compassionate Cyrus Montrose; and Stevie Taggert, the boy Kreizler saved from a life of street crime–have returned to their former pursuits and tried to forget the horror of the Beecham case.
But when the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara’s aid, the team reunites to help find her kidnapped infant daughter. It is a case fraught with danger, since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war.