September 10, the fourth season of The Wire starts on HBO. This series, one of the best, most original, most compelling TV shows ever, is the closest thing you'll ever see to a real novel on TV--complex and thoughful, with outstanding characterization and a meaningful story. Partly, that's because the brilliant David Simon (Homicide) and his partner Ed Burns are great writers, but they also bring in some of America's best novelists to contribute scripts, including Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos, and Richard Price.
I can't wait.
I know less about The Black Dahlia, a big-screen adaptation of James Ellroy's novel, but it opens Sept. 15. It stars Josh Hartnett, who is apparently starting to get some grown-up roles to play (he is also playing Sheriff Eben Olemaun in 30 Days of Night, shooting now in New Zealand). Scarlett Johansson and Hilary Swank also star. The novel is one of the most terrifying, suspenseful books I've ever read, and still my favorite Ellroy. And it's directed by Brian DePalma. So while I haven't heard much about it, I'll be going to see it as soon as I can.