All Signs of Death

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All Signs of Death
Genre Murder Mystery
Written by Charlie Huston
Directed by Alan Ball
Starring Ben Whishaw
Clayne Crawford
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Alan Ball
Charlie Huston
Production company(s) Your Face Goes Here Entertainment
Original network HBO

All Signs of Death is a television pilot based on the 2009 novel The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston, who also wrote the teleplay. Huston served as executive producer along with Alan Ball who directed the pilot. It was produced as part of Ball's multi-project contract with HBO.[1]


All Signs of Death tells the story of Webster "Web" Fillmore Goodhue, a typical twentysomething slacker living in Los Angeles, California who becomes a crime scene cleaner and discovers that the work helps to ease the pain of his own past trauma. However, Web soon finds himself at the center of a murder mystery that eventually puts his own life in jeopardy.



Ball became aware of Huston's work through Charlaine Harris, author of the popular series of novels that inspired Ball's current HBO series True Blood. Huston and Ball became friends and one day, Huston confided that he was thinking about pitching his then latest novel as a series, to which Ball replied "I think it could be a great series,"[4] after which Huston requested that Ball have involvement with the pilot's development.[5] Speaking of the book, Ball said "It's not so much about the crime, it's about the personal story of the central character and his journey back to being fully connected with his life after some very traumatic things... All Signs has a hard noir feel but it's also ironic; it's graphic and gritty but human and very moving at the same time - it is able to capture all those elements in a very distinctive tone."[4]

On shooting the pilot, Ball has stated that he wants to stay away from the typical visual style of the crime noir genre. "The show is about contemporary Los Angeles, but not the glamorous LA, it’s about the dirty underbelly of LA," said Ball. "We’re going to try to go against the grain, away from the overlit, stylized noir for a more frantic, contemporary, naturalistic style."[4]

Filming took place over 11 days in various parts of Los Angeles in June and July, 2010.

HBO announced on December 8, 2010 that it would not be taking All Signs of Death to series. The pilot remains unaired.[6]


  1. ^ Barton, Steve (July 12, 2010). "Alan Ball to Point Out All Signs of Death for HBO". Dread Central. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ Bierly, Madi (July 23, 2010). "Alan Ball's new HBO pilot casts first import, Ben Whishaw". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ Ausiello, Michael (July 29, 2010). "Exclusive: '24' baddie Clayne Crawford joins Alan Ball's new HBO drama 'Death'". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on July 31, 2010. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (July 9, 2010). "HBO Orders 'Death' Pilot From Alan Ball". Deadline. Archived from the original on 12 July 2010. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ Bettinger, Brendan (July 9, 2010). "HBO Orders Pilot ALL SIGNS OF DEATH from TRUE BLOOD Creator Alan Ball". Collider. Archived from the original on 10 July 2010. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ Hibberd, James (December 8, 2010). "'All Signs of Death' DOA at HBO". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 

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