Jenkins and Pine Reunite for TNT Drama Series One Day She'll Darken

Posted 2017/07/27 1288 0

Wonder Woman star Chris Pine and the film’s director, Patty Jenkins, will team once again for a new period piece.


US cable network TNT announced at the summer Television Critics Association tour that it is handing the six-episode show, which will be based on the autobiography of Fauna Hodel. Jenkins’ husband, novelist Sam Sheridan, will write the script; Jenkins will direct the pilot and executive produce. This isn’t her first work in television, as she’s also directed episodes for series as diverse as Arrested Development, Entourage, and The Killing. She was nominated for a directing Emmy in 2011 for the latter. This will, however, be Chris Pine’s first-ever series television role.

“One Day She’ll Darken” tells the story of Hodel who was given away by her teenage birth mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino in 1949. As Hodel begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel, a man involved in the darkest Hollywood debauchery, the spider in the web around the legendary “Black Dahlia” murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles in 1947.

Chris Pine, who is attached to star in all six episodes of the TNT drama, will play Jay Singletary, a former Marine-turned-hack reporter/paparazzo. Jay was disgraced over his story about Hodel years ago, but now he sees a glimmer of redemption. This might 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.

“Patty Jenkins is a phenomenally talented director who has always delivered powerful characters, from the unforgettable true-life serial killer in Monster to the game-changing superhero warrior in Wonder Woman,” said Sarah Aubrey, EVP Original Programming for TNT. “One Day She’ll Darken is a mind-boggling true mystery with unpredictable twists and turns and edge-of-your-seat chills. Sam Sheridan, an expert storyteller, has delivered scripts that entertain, frighten and tell tales of redemption and a powerful search for identity. Chris Pine has wowed us with so many of his performances, and knowing how multi-dimensional his character is in One Day She’ll Darken, we are so lucky to have an actor as talented as he is to lead this cast.”

This news comes just a few days after Warner Bros. announced a December 2019 release date for Wonder Woman 2, and though Jenkins’ return as director has been rumored, it’s not yet confirmed.