Frank Darabont Returns To TV With ‘L.A. Noir’ On TNT

The former "Walking Dead" executive producer joins Michael De Luca for a new television series based on John Buntin’s book.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Last summer, Frank Darabont was unceremoniously removed as the showrunner of "The Walking Dead' amidst rumors of battles over the show's budget and creative direction. However, Darabont is now primed for a triumphant return to television with a new network.

TNT has officially announced that it has picked up a pilot for Darabont's latest project, "L.A. Noir;" a crime drama that takes place in Los Angeles during the 1940s and '50s. Based upon John Buntin’s book "L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America’s Most Seductive City," the new series will depict the epic years-long struggle between Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker and notorious mobster, Mickey Cohen.

Darabont wrote the initial script and he is also slated to direct the pilot episode and executive produce the potential series. Michael De Luca ("The Social Network") and Elliot Webb ("Tall Time Tales") are also executive producing "L.A. Noir" alongside Darabont.

“['L.A. Noir'] is a passion of mine, so I feel blessed to delve into a project that speaks in the hardboiled vernacular,” wrote Darabont in the announcement. “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.”

“The story of 'L.A. Noir' is inspired by an incredibly dramatic period in the history of Los Angeles," added TNT's Head of Programming, Michael Wright. "This project is a sweeping tale of the battle for the soul of the city that was waged between the forces of the LAPD and the West Coast mob. We’re thrilled to be working with Frank Darabont and Michael De Luca, two award-winning storytellers behind some of the most entertaining films of the past two decades, as they to bring this intense and exciting crime-drama to TNT.” 


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