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'L.A. Confidential' author James Ellroy to script remake of classic 'Laura'

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What would Waldo Lydecker say? The tart-tongued columnist character would surely have a ready barb for the news that the 1944 film "Laura" is being remade.

Author James Ellroy, whose novels "L.A. Confidential" and "The Black Dahlia" have been made into films, will script the remake, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The classic romantic film noir starred Gene Tierney, Dana Andrew, Clifton Webb and Vincent Price. It received five Oscar nominations, including one for director Otto Preminger and a Best Supporting Actor nod for Webb as fussy columnist Lydecker, who got to wield lines like, "I'm not kind, I'm vicious. It's the secret of my charm." It also featured a lushly romantic score by David Raksin, including the popular "Theme from 'Laura.'"

It was based, as the remake will be, on the novel by Vera Caspary about a detective who falls in love with a murdered woman thank to her portrait.

Ellroy wrote screenplays for the crooked cop films "Street Kings" and "Rampart." Curtis Hanson directed the screen version of "L.A. Confidential," which was significantly trimmed from Ellroy's sprawling novel about police corruption in Los Angeles.

Ellroy's latest novel "Perfidia," will be released on September 16. It's the fourth installment in his "L.A. Quartet," which includes "L.A. Confidential," "White Jazz" and "The Black Dahlia." He also wrote the autobiographical novel "My Dark Places" about the unsolved murder of his mother.

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