Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and the film’s male lead Chris Pine are reuniting for the six-episode limited drama ONE DAY SHE’LL DARKEN. TNT announced at their TCA panel they had given the project a straight-to-series order, with Jenkins attached to direct the pilot and possibly more episodes, and Pine set to star in all six installments.
The story centers on Fauna Hodel, who was given away by her teenage mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino in 1949. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trailer that swirls ever close to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel, a man involved in the darkest Hollywood debauchery and a suspect in the infamous “Black Dahlia” murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles 1947.
Pine has been cast as Jay Singletary, a former Marine-turned-hack reporter/paparazzo. Jay was disgraced over his story about Hodel years ago, but now he sees a glimmer of redemption. This might be the opportunity Jay’s been hopelessly waiting for, but inside this riddle lies a moral quandary he never expected: a labyrinth into the evil in men’s hearts that will shake the unsteady Jay to his foundations.
Jenkins’ husband Sam Sheridan, author of A Fighter’s Heart and The Disaster Diaries, penned the series inspired by the autobiography of Hodel. Jenkins, Sheridan, Pine and Michael Sugar will executive producer the series which begins shooting this fall.
“Patty Jenkins is a phenomenally talented director who has always delivered powerful characters, from the unforgettable true-life serial killer in Monster to the game-changing superhero warrior in Wonder Woman,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “One Day She’ll Darken is a mind-boggling true mystery with unpredictable twists and turns and edge-of-your-seat chills. Sam Sheridan, an expert storyteller, has delivered scripts that entertain, frighten and tell tales of redemption and a powerful search for identity. Chris Pine has wowed us with so many of his performances, and knowing how multi-dimensional his character is in One Day She’ll Darken, we are so lucky to have an actor as talented as he is to lead this cast.”
A Wonder Woman sequel was quickly announced after the successful first installment, but Warner Bros. has yet to officially announce Jenkins return to direct.
Pine will next appear on the big screen in Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time.
Emily J | Managing Editor