This sounds promising. Actor Bob Odenkirk—best known recently for portraying Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman in the series Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul—has signed on to play late journalist David Carr in an upcoming AMC miniseries.
The show will be an adaptation of Carr’s best-selling memoir The Night of the Gun. The book tells the harrowing true story of his battle with drug addiction and alcoholism. Carr would later go on to become a popular business columnist for The New York Times. He died last year after a battle with cancer.
Faith plays a significant role in Carr’s story. But, his relationship with the Catholic church and his own Christian faith was often a complicated one, so it will be interesting to see how it’s represented in the show. In the 2008 book, he wrote,
It was hard to avoid a spiritual dimension in my own recovery … The unconditional love of the Church could possibly mean the difference between somebody living or dying.
In my opinion, by demonstrating a willingness to minister to those afflicted with this disease, the Church becomes better … The Church has the proximity and the people to make a difference in what seems like an insoluble problem.
Odenkirk told Deadline he was moved by the book and hopes “to do justice to David’s intellect and his scrappy nature.”
I read David’s story, The Night Of The Gun, when it came out and was wildly entertained by his saga. It’s a story of survival filled with pain, crack, journalistic righteousness, abandoned cars, crooks, lies, and then there’s the two little girls who saved his life; it’s overstuffed with humanity.