The Weinstein Company (TWC) has optioned television rights to Truman Capote’s 1966 bestseller with Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski’s Flying Studios on board to produce.

In Cold Blood

TWC envisions the enterprise as “an epic television event series”. Becoming Jane and Grange Hill screenwriter Kevin Hood is attached to script the programme.

In Cold Blood first appeared as a four-part serial in The New Yorker before Random House published it. Capote’s (pictured) book went on to becomes the second highest selling true-crime book.

The story follows the 1959 murders of a Kansas farming family and the impact on both the surrounding community and the men who were eventually convicted.

TWV svp of scripted TV Marc Velez, vice-president of scripted TV Megan Spanjian and creative executive Lauren O’Connor will oversee the project for TWC.

The company’s evp of business and legal affairs Sarah Sobel brokered the deal with APA.