When we put James Ellroy together with Lisa Scottoline for an interview, we had no idea what weÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½d get.
On the face of it the two are, quite literally, night and day. Ellroy the brooding, frequently frowning, wiry hepcat pulled from a 40s-era black & white Weegee photograph. Then thereÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s Scottoline, the perennially laughing, witty, out-loud Philly girl with a thing for puppies, kittens, and various farm-style critters.
As it it turns out, when you put Ellroy and Scottoline together, you get something pretty cool.
Topics of the careening conversation, taped at Book Expo America right before the release of EllroyÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s BloodÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s A Rover and ScottolineÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s Look Again,include a conversation about the Underworld USA Trilogy (Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½my greatest work of artÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½), the respective merits of handwritten manuscripts (Ellroy) and voice recognition software (Scottoline), and the mind-numbing genius of Ludwig Van Beethoven.
EllroyÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s Underworld USA Trilogy has frequently been considered for Hollywood adaptation, similar to other Ellroy classics like L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia. At one point, Tom Hanks were rumored to be developing American Tabloid and The Cold Six ThousandÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½the first two novels of the series, for HBO. More recently though, James Franco announced at Sundance 2013 that he was planning to direct and star in the adaptation.