TNT just hired Luke Evans and Daniel Brühl as the leads in the new drama The Alienist, set to premiere in late 2017. Production will begin in a few months, and it is already getting a lot of attention due to the story and the cast.
The series is based off of the bestselling novel of the same name from Caleb Carr, and is about a crime reporter and a psychologist that investigates a serial killer. Set in 19th century New York, calling it a Sherlock clone wouldn’t do it justice as the two stories are worlds apart. The Alienist is much grittier in tone and takes some very dark turns with its story. There is also less trope and more twists associated with the two characters, John Moore and Dr. Laszlo Kreizler.
Brühl will play Kreizler and Evans will play Moore. Kreizler is an alienist that has made a career out of studying certain behaviors, mostly deviant. He has his own personal skeletons, and by unearthing the secret of what makes a murderer evil he may get some of the answers he is seeking. It is a never-ending quest for the doctor, one that may not even have a happy ending. Moore is a typical crime reporter that just clocks in and gets a paycheck. When both of these men are enlisted by Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt to look into the murders of boy prostitutes, both of these men get introduced to a world they soon won’t forget.
Joining them will be a small group, although it’s not exactly set in stone if they will follow the same format as in the book. So this may strictly be a Moore and Kreizler caper if they choose to revise it for television.
What did you think of the book? Will it translate well to television?