FX is getting in the Paul Giamatti business.
Deadline reports that Giamatti is set to headline Hoke, a new "darkly comedic drama" based on the novel series by crime writer Charles Willeford. Willeford's books focus on Hoke Moseley, a hard-boiled Miami homicide detective with "possibly insane" tendencies. The series takes place around 1985. The Hoke character has been featured in the novels Sideswipe, New Hope for the Dead and The Way We Die Now.
Giamatti is joined on the project by Scott Frank, who wrote the Hoke pilot and will direct it as well. If Hoke is picked up for series, Frank will serve as showrunner.
"Like Elmore Leonard, Charles Willeford is one of the most deeply respected writers of crime fiction and he created a wholly original and colorful lead character in Detective Hoke Mosely," FX's Eric Schrier said of the news. "Scott Frank delivered a magnificent script and we are honored that Paul Giamatti will bring Hoke to life."