Frank Darabont Bringing L.A. Noir to TNT

L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City Book CoverHe may have been ousted from AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, but Frank Darabont is still a pretty wanted man in the realm of TVland, where he’s already proven he can bring the same kind of quality he’s known for in the movies to the world of the idiot box.

Cable net TNT has announced that they are officially ordering a pilot for Darabont’s “L.A. Noir” (not to be confused with the videogame “L.A Noire”). The show would chronicle “the epic battle between Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker and mobster Mickey Cohen.” The show will be based on the non-fiction book “L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City” by John Buntin.

Says Darabont about the show:

Noir is a passion of mine, so I feel blessed to delve into a project that speaks in the hardboiled vernacular. John Buntin’s superb book, though non-fiction, is our touchstone and inspiration for the stories we’ll be telling, weaving fiction throughout the facts and facts throughout the fiction. The book provides elements that are irresistible, a big canvas with endless possibilities. The goal is to deliver on the tone that the title L.A. Noir promises: a smart, gritty, authentic, period noir drama. Also a blessing is the warm welcome we’ve gotten from Michael Wright and TNT, a great bunch of folks with huge enthusiasm for the source material. The best bonus of all is getting to work with my friend Mike De Luca. He’s terrific, a tremendously smart and talented producer, a gem. Partnering with him on this marvelous project after knowing him for so many years is an absolute treat for me.

Darabont won’t just develop the show for TNT, he’ll also write and direct the pilot episode.

More about the show:

L.A. Noir is the true story of a decades-long conflict between the Los Angeles Police Department, under the determined leadership of Police Chief William Parker, and ruthless criminal elements led by Mickey Cohen, a one-time boxer who rose to the top of L.A.’s criminal world. The series is a fast-paced crime drama set in Los Angeles during the 1940s and ’50s. It’s a world of glamorous movie stars, powerful studio heads, returning war heroes, a powerful and corrupt police force and an even more dangerous criminal network determined to make L.A. its West Coast base.

If that sounds familiar, it’s probably because it’s also the same territory that “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer is mining with his star-studded ensemble crime drama “The Gangster Squad”, due out later this year.

Via : TNT