Sarah Jessica Parker to Star in TV Show Based on Daily News Pulitzer

“Busted” will be a “limited series” based on book by Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman.

Ruderman and Laker (left); Parker (Shutterstock)

Ruderman and Laker (left); Parker (Shutterstock)

We already knew that Busted, the great true-crime dirty-cop book by Daily News reporters Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman, was a Philly classic. Can it be a TV classic?

We’re going to find out. Sarah Jessica Parker has signed on to star in a “limited series” TV show based on the book, which in turn is based on the Pulitzer-winning reporting the two journos did on the “Tainted Justice” series of Daily News articles that uncovered corruption on a Philly Police narcotics squad.


Molly Eichel at the Daily News reports:

“Busted,” the memoir from the Daily News’ own Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman based on their experiences writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning series “Tainted Justice,” has been optioned for a television series from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment with Sarah Jessica Parker attached to star. The show will be co-produced by Anonymous Content, the company behind the much-buzzed about “True Detective.”

David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada”) will direct the pilot, while Don Roos (who is used to working with Philly writers, he penned the film adaptation of “Marley & Me”) will write the pilot.

The second reporter role has yet to be cast; once that happens the production company will start pitching  the show to TV networks.

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