Oline Cogdill

burke_jameslee2Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch may not be the only crime fiction character making it to the big screen.

James Lee Burke's (left) New Orleans mystery novels featuring Dave Robicheaux have been optioned by Hutch Parker, a Fox producer who is packaging a series for cable TV, reports Deadline.com.

Robicheaux has made it to the screen twice before.

Alec Baldwin did a credible job in Heaven’s Prisoners (1996).

I only saw snippets of Tommy Lee Jones as Robicheaux in the 2009 film In The Electric Mist With Confederate Dead (2009); I was not impressed.

Parker seems to be on a roll with mystery fiction. He is working on a project to bring Don Winslow's early novel California Fire and Life to the screen.

Brad Pitt and George V. Higgins

pittbrad_actorIf the trailers for Killing Them Softly, the upcoming Brad Pitt vehicle look familiar, then you must be a fan of George V. Higgins.

Killing Them Softly is based on Higgins’ novel Cogan's Trade.

Killing Them Softly, written and directed by Andrew Dominik, features Pitt,left, as a hit man. It is set to open October 19.

Higgins’ novel The Friends of Eddie Coyle, a personal favorite, also was filmed in 1973 with Robert Mitchum.