David Fincher's HBO series gets an official title

David Fincher's HBO series has an official title, with the network announcing that the director's collaboration with James Ellroy will be called Shakedown.

Deadline has also turned up a couple of new details about the show, which will be set amid the seedy underbelly of 1950s Los Angeles.

The story is inspired by the life of Fred Otash, a Hollywood vice cop turned private eye who was the subject of Ellroy's 2012 novella, also named Shakedown.

Confusingly, the new series will not be a direct adaptation of that book, but will instead be a completely original drama, albeit with Ellroy having penned the script.

Fincher and Ellroy had previously been set to collaborate on a miniseries adaptation of The Black Dahlia, before the novel eventually ended up as a feature film. An official air date for Shakedown has yet to be confirmed.