Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood Is Being Adapted for Television


The iconic true crime novel is making its way to television. The novel, “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote has been optioned for a television adaptation by the Weinstein Company.

“In Cold Blood” details the 1959 murders of Herbert Clutter, a farmer from Holcomb, Kansas, his wife, and two of their four children. When Capote learned of the quadruple murder, before the killers were captured, he decided to travel to Kansas and write about the crime. He traveled to the town with his childhood friend and fellow author Harper Lee, and together they interviewed local residents and investigators assigned to the case and took thousands of pages of notes. The killers, Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith, were arrested six weeks after the murders, and Capote ultimately spent six years working on the book.

The television adaptation is being produced through TWC while working closely with Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski’s Flying Studios.

This is the fourth time “In Cold Blood” will be adapted from the novel. In 1967, a film was released, directed by Richard Brooks. Then the crimes themselves using parts of the book, have been adapted for film on three separate occasions, the last of which was Capote starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote, which told the story of the relationship between the author and the convicted murderers.

Reports say that Kevin Hood will be writing the script for the series. Hood is best known for penning the Jane Austin biopic, Becoming Jane. 

TWC has not announced what network will air the series or when we can expect it to premiere.

The project comes after the immense popularity of “The Jinx” documentary on HBO that followed the murder investigations in connection with Robert Durst while interviewing his side of the story. FX also recently started production on Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story. The first season will follow O.J. Simpson’s murder trial.

More information on In Cold Blood can be expected as the script inches towards completion.

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