Back in January, it was announced that Frank Darabont was working on “L.A. Noir” for TNT, his first TV gig since being forced out of “The Walking Dead.” And while it took a long time for word to come down, the project is finally moving forward.
TNT has officially ordered “L.A. Noir” to series with a six episode first season. The project is based on John Buntin’s book, “L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City.” Buntin’s novel chronicled the battle for control of Los Angeles between mobster Mickey Cohen and the L.A.P.D led by Chief William Parker during the ‘40s and ‘50s.
The “L.A. Noir” TV series will maintain the ‘40s period setting with former “Walking Dead” star, Jon Bernthal as Joe Teague, a cop who finds himself caught in the middle of Cohen and Parker’s war. Fellow “Walking Dead” veteran, Jeffrey DeMunn costars on the series alongside Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes”), Neal McDonough (“Justified”) and Ron Rifkin (“Alias”).
TNT’s head of programming Michael Wright released a statement which said “This series is an intense, exciting drama that takes viewers back to a truly fascinating time in the history of Los Angeles. Frank Darabont, Michael De Luca and Elliott Webb have delivered an outstanding opening episode that evokes the time and place in stunning detail.”
Darabont wrote and directed the pilot episode of “L.A. Noir” and he will remain on the project as the showrunner and executive producer.
A premiere date for “L.A. Noir” was not announced, but it will presumably debut in 2013 on TNT.
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