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The Alienist: TNT Orders New Eight-Part TV Adaptation

TNT to air an eight-episode TV series adaptation of Caleb Carr’s crime novel The Alienist.

It was announced on Wednesday May 13, 2015 that cable network TNT had put in an order for a brand new 8-part series based on Caleb Carr’s 1994 book The Alienist.

Pictured above: Director Cary Fukunaga

According to Variety, TNT have invested a considerable sum of money in order to secure the deal with Paramount TV, reportedly shelling out a massive $5 million per episode. For TNT, obtaining the rights to The Alienist will play a key part in the networks mission to overhaul their current line-up of TV dramas.

The show will be directed by Cary Fukunaga, who’s previous works include HBO’s hit crime-drama True Detective. The Alienist television script will be written by Hossein Amini, who previously penned the 2011 action film Drive.


Set in New York City during the year 1896, The Alienist follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and then NYC police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, as they and their team of investigators work to solve a series of sickening murders using the new techniques of psychology and fingerprinting.

Author Caleb Carr followed-up this best-selling novel three years later with The Angel of Darkness. Set in 1897, the book includes a number of characters featured in the original story. So should The Alienist prove to be a hit with TNT viewers, could The Angel of Darkness then be in line for a TV adaptation of its own?

The Alienist TNT cast members and premiere date details are currently still to be announced, we’ll bring you more news on that as the information is released.