EXCLUSIVE: Mark R. Harris’ Los Angeles-based production shingle, The Harris Company, has optioned the crime series Darby Holland from veteran tattoo artist and crime novelist Jeff Johnson for six-figures in a bidding war that took place over the holiday.
Harris, whose credits include Gods and Monsters (which won Best Adapted Screenplay for Bill Condon) and the Academy-Award winning Best Picture Crash (2004), is producing. Kate Orsini (The Bold and the Beautiful, The Honor List) is on board to pen the script for a planned television series.
The first in the crime series is Lucky Supreme, which was released by Arcade Publishing in April of last year to critical acclaim and was named Best Crime Novel of the year by Medium.
The logline: “in the gritty urban wilds of Old Town, Portland Oregon, the series follows the eponymous fixer Darby Holland, who runs a venerable tattoo parlor and leads his talented crew of misfits into battle against hellish art dealers, criminal real estate developers and the creeping doom of gentrification.”
“I’ve been wanting to do this for many years. I made a stab at it a long time ago, a number of years ago, and then I dropped out of television to concentrate on financing my own films,” Harris told Deadline. “When Jeff told me the properties were available, I decided that in getting back into television, I wanted to do it with something as exciting as this. I go by material that is well written, never been seen in this kind of light before and tells a series of good stories. Kate Orsini and I agree that Jeff is one of the greatest novelists ever; he is one of the most lyrical writers, and his characters and storytelling jump off the page.”
Harris was the co-exec producer on the TV series spinoff of Crash for Starz as well as co-exec producer on The Black Donnellys for NBC. He was also in partnership with Paul Haggis on critical favorite E-Z Streets for CBS.
The Lucky Supreme paperback releases this month with the final book expected out next month.
Lane Heymont at The Tobias Literary Agency brokered the deal.