Chris Pine and Patty Jenkins reunite for the first time since Wonder Woman in a dark new TV miniseries, I Am The Night.
The Hollywood director-actor duo work together on the six-part mystery thriller show, set in 1960s Los Angeles.
The period noir limited series tells the true story of Fauna Hodel and her connection to the shocking Black Dahlia murder case - which has never been solved.
After airing on TNT earlier this year, I Am The Night premieres exclusively on Alibi channel this August in the UK.
Alibi is one of the extra entertainment channels available for BT TV customers.
1. It’s based on a shocking true story
I Am The Night is inspired by Fauna Hodel’s memoir, and journey of self-discovery, One Day She'll Darken: The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel.
The first episode introduces us to Hodel (India Eisley, below), a teenage girl who is given away at birth and grows up outside of Reno, Nevada.
Fauna lives more-or-less comfortably with the mysteries of her origin, until one day she makes a discovery that leads her to question everything.
Finding her birth certificate hidden at home, she realises she's not who she's been brought up to believe.
She’s in fact the granddaughter of infamous Los Angeles gynaecologist, Dr. George Hodel (Jefferson Mays), a man involved in some of Hollywood’s darkest debauchery, and possibly, its most infamous unsolved crime.
George Hodel was a prime suspect in the Black Dahlia murder mystery, connecting Fauna to what is frequently cited as one of the most famous unsolved murders in American history.
The body of Elizabeth Short - later dubbed 'the Black Dahlia' by the press - was found by a passer-by in Los Angeles in 1947, her body sliced clean in half at the waist.
Following early suspicions that the murderer may have had skills in dissection because the body was so cleanly cut, police came to consider Hodel a suspect.
But, he was never charged with the crime.
In 1947 #FBI fingerprint analysts identified Elizabeth Short, Black Dahlia, as a woman found murdered in LA. It took less than an hour because Short’s prints were on file; she had applied for job w/ Army & had been arrested for underage drinking. #FBI110 https://t.co/ePjBS9AQNq pic.twitter.com/EBp9yzLzQ6— FBI (@FBI) July 19, 2018
As the FBI states on the 'famous cases' part of its website: “Who killed the Black Dahlia and why? It’s a mystery. The murderer has never been found, and given how much time has passed, probably never will be. The legend grows…”
Fauna Hodel's memoir has never been adapted for film or television before. According to Hollywood Reporter, Patty Jenkins and her husband Sam Sheridan were close friends with Fauna Hodel until her death in 2017.
Her passing prompted them to tell her story.
2. It reunites Wonder Woman’s Chris Pine and Patty Jenkins
Filming for I Am The Night was something of a close knit affair in Hollywood standards. Jenkins - who directs the first two episodes - worked alongside her husband Sam Sheridan (who wrote and created the series), and reunited with actor Chris Pine.
A quick recap - Jenkins and Pine worked together on the Gal Gadot-fronted DC movie Wonder Woman, which was one of the biggest films of 2017 and went on to earn more than $800,000,000 worldwide.
The pair will also work together on Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to the first Wonder Woman film, which is slated for a 2020 release.
The on-set reunion is certainly no coincidence - Jay Singletary, the character who Chris Pine plays, is completely fictional and was invented by Jenkins’ husband, Sam Sheridan.
Pine’s character is a former Marine turned hack reporter, who’s troubled by a previous murder case he worked on. With Fauna, he follows a sinister trail that takes them to Dr George Hodel.
Jenkins says she likes working with the same people, like Pine - who also exec produces the drama, which serves as his TV series regular debut.
She tells the Hollywood Reporter: "I've had it happen with several actors, who you get up to speed and you really know that person, so you see this incredible skill set that they’re capable of.
“Chris and I definitely have that, and I also think that he has a bunch of dimensions to him that I haven't quite seen him explore."
Jenkins admitted: "Now at this point, I'm feeling like I just want to keep working with so many of the same actors because it's so fun."
3. It perfectly captures the 1960s L.A. aesthetic
The TV series was set in 1960s Nevada and Los Angeles, and the show certainly transports you back to that era with its authentic filming locations and costumes.
Emma Fraser from Observer writes: “Capturing the exact look of 1960s L.A. was crucial to making this true story feel real for viewers watching at home.”
In terms of the 1960s setting, the show takes you back to that era by filming in some locations that look like they're still stuck in the sixties.
Filming took place in and around Los Angeles and Hawaii, and as Atlas of Wonders reports, there are some stunning settings in the show.
Some of these include The Wave House in Malibu, which inspired the Sydney Opera House, Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, Sowden House in Los Feliz and The Huntington Art Gallery house in San Marino.
The authenticity continues with the wardrobe choices, with costume designer Rhona Meyers (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor) striving for realistic fashion from that era.
From Fauna’s prim and proper school girl wardrobe, to Jay’s ‘mismatched’ paparazzi uniform, the costumes help to bring the 1960s period to life.
For Pine (Jay Singletary), Meyers researched iconic ’50s and ’60s male figures including Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman and James Dean.
Of his character’s wardrobe, she says: “Jay is an outsider kind of character, a mess… going to the beach in a ’60s bathing suit and his Keds that he wore all the time.
“He is stuck in the ’50s a little bit. His look is based on James Dean in East of Eden; the ’50s textured jacket. He has ’60s pants, he is mismatched.”
Watch I Am The Night if you liked…
True Detective, Fargo, Twin Peaks, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, Inherent Vice, L.A. Confidential.
What the fans are saying about I Am The Night...
Alibi viewers took to Twitter to share their views on I Am The Night, praising Chris Pine and India Eisley's acting skills:
@IndiaEisley1029 'I Am The Night' has just started here in the UK. Watching the first episode and I'm hooked already, you and Chris Pine make the screen come alive. It's compelling viewing. Another great performance from you.— Ωmega_Maη (@JasonClenaghan) August 1, 2019
Anyone else watching I AM THE NIGHT? Three episodes in, this is good telly. Patty Jenkins directing, Chris Pine on top form (his scenes with Leland Orser are bloody brilliant!), noirish yet offbeat tone, India Eisley proving she has acting chops like her mother (Olivia Hussey). pic.twitter.com/PSZEj273Gf— Hannah (@Han_So) February 14, 2019
“I am The Night” mini-series with Chris Pine. Well worth checking out especially for any Ellroy fans.— Martin Bushby (@bushby01) August 4, 2019
Excellent series, very Noir, well worth the binge, Chris Pine never disappoints. I would definitely recommend ‘I AM THE NIGHT’.👍🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽😀— Helenamwilkinson61@g (@Helenamwilkins2) August 3, 2019
I am finally watching I Am The Night and LORD ALMIGHTY India Eisley is so good and Golden Brooks is incredible and if I find out that Chris Pine is a bad person IRL I will not recover, I just won't.— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) February 12, 2019
I Am The Night continues Thursdays on Alibi (BT channel number 312 / 382 HD).
Images: TNT / Alibi / Rex Features