Fast-growing Myriad Pictures, Kirk D'Amico's LA-based production and sales outfit owned by publicly-traded German media outfit IN-motion, is to co-produce and fully finance My Dark Places: An LA Crime Memoir, the film of James Ellroy's autobiographical crime novel. The film will be directed by Robert Greenwald and Myriad is co-producing with his Robert Greenwald Productions.

Casting is currently underway on the film to which Myriad will retain worldwide distribution rights. Greenwald last directed the Abbie Hoffman biopic Steal This Movie! starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Janeane Garofalo and Jeanne Tripplehorn with other credits including Breaking Up with Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek and camp classic 1980 musical Xanadu.

In My Dark Places, which is the latest Ellroy book to be published, Ellroy looks at his own childhood and the reason for his obssession with violence against women. "I have every expectation that Robert Greenwald will make a righteous film out of my memoir, My Dark Places," said Ellroy in a statement.

Ellroy's novels adapted for the screen have included the Oscar-winning LA Confidential and Brown's Requiem. In addition, Robert Richardson is attached to direct a movie of White Jazz and David Fincher a film of The Black Dahlia.

Alys Shanti, vice president of Robert Greenwald Productions, will supervise production on My Dark Places, while Greenwald, Liz Selzer Lang and Bradley Gordon will have producer credits.

IN-motion recently bought UK sales and production outfit J&M Entertainment which is now merged with Myriad. D'Amico is heading the new entity which has bases in Los Angeles and London.