Screw the Apocalypse. The Last Policeman’s Got Crimes to Solve.

The Last Policeman Book CoverOn TV as a serialized, crime-of-the-week show, no less.

Uber producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the man who gave us explosion-a-thon film franchises like “Transformers”, “G.I. Joe”, and “Red”, is in talks to snap up the rights to “The Last Policeman”, a novel by writer Ben H. Winters. The book is the first of a planned trilogy (what isn’t nowadays?), which is described as a “pre-apocalyptic police procedural”. As you might have surmised, the film is your average crime novel — with the end of the world hanging in the background.

What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?

Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact.

The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job—but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging in a city that sees a dozen suicides every week—except this one feels suspicious, and Palace is the only cop who cares.

The first in a trilogy, The Last Policeman offers a mystery set on the brink of an apocalypse. As Palace’s investigation plays out under the shadow of 2011GV1, we’re confronted by hard questions way beyond “whodunit.” What basis does civilization rest upon? What is life worth? What would any of us do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered?

Apparently di Bonaventura’s idea is to turn the book into a TV show, one that, I suppose, will end after six months in show time. I’m honestly not sure how you’re going to make a TV series out of that, but what do I do. So, one episode takes place over the course of a day? If you can pull that off, I guess that would give you, oh, 180 episodes or so, give or take. Of course, they better get an actor who won’t age so noticeably onscreen.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura on the set of Man on a Ledge (2012) Movie Image

Via : Deadline