EXCLUSIVE: RJ Cutler, the maker of documentaries The September Issue and The World According to Dick Cheney who stepped into narrative film with If I Stay, has signed on to direct and co-write My Dark Places. That’s the memoir by L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy that focuses on the 1958 murder of his mother and Ellroy’s attempt to re-investigate some 36 years later, in 1994.

rjcutler1Cutler will write the script for the drama with Peter Himmelstein, and Myriad Pictures is backing it and Kirk D’Amico is producing. Ellroy’s book was hailed as a meditation on loss, fixation and redemption, and a look into the American way of violence. Cutler’s repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.