Following the stunning Wonder Woman‘s box office success, director Patty Jenkins is turning to television next, and she’s taking one of the stars of the movie with her. TNT has handed out a six-episode straight-to-series pickup for One Day She’ll Darken, starring Wonder Woman’s Chris Pine, with Jenkins set to direct and exec produce. The drama, inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel, will be written by Jenkins’ husband and author Sam Sheridan.
The announcement, made ahead of the Turner-owned cable network’s presentation at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, comes days after a release date was set for Wonder Woman 2 with Jenkins in negotiations to return. The Warner Bros. Pictures feature has become the top-grossing movie from a female director and continues to see its box office grow.
Pine will make his live-action series-regular debut in the drama and exec produce. Jenkins will direct the pilot (and potentially more) as well as exec produce. Sheridan, author of A Fighter’s Heart and The Disaster Diaries, will pen the script. Turner’s Studio T will produce with Michael Sugar (13 Reasons Why) also set as an EP.
One Day She’ll Darken tells the story of Fauna Hodel, who was given away by her teenage birth 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 trail that swirls closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist Dr. George Hodel, a man involved in the legendary Black Dahlia slaying of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles in 1947. Pine will star as Jay Singletary, a former Marine turned hack reporter/paparazzo. Jay was disgraced about his story about Hodel years ago, but now sees a glimmer of redemption. This may 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.