Darabont's noir return to TV
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From AMC's 'Bring the Drama' to TNT's 'We Know Drama' - just keep it on-screen this time, guys!
Frank Darabont, Oscar-nominated writer, director and most recently, showrunner and inexplicably-terminated executive producer of The Walking Dead, is returning to prime time TV!
The series that Darabont began shopping in late summer, shortly after departing TWD, has landed at TNT. The network has ordered a pilot for L.A. Noir, which sadly is not based on the video game of the same name. Instead, it will be based on a non-fiction book entitled L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City. The book chronicles the rise of gangster Mickey Cohen (street-thug, turned boxer, turned mob enforcer for Bugsy Seigel) to become the pre-eminent underworld crime boss of Los Angeles; and the inner workings of the "Combination" - the crime lords, politicians, and business tycoons who formed a shadow government that ran LA in the 1940's. Fighting against the Combination is Police Chief William H. Parker, who is determined to create an independent police force.
In TNT's official press release, Darabont stated, “Noir is a passion of mine, so I feel blessed to delve into a project that speaks in the hardboiled vernacular...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 show will have Frank Darabont as executive producer, as well as writer and director of the pilot episode. Joining him will be executive producers Michael De Luca (The Social Network, Moneyball) and Elliot Webb (Tall Time Tales). Fans of Darabont's work will find this news particularly welcome, as the recently-revealed plans for the Season 2 premiere of The Walking Dead had fans jonesing for Frank. It seems that his intention was to open the season with the back story of the soldier zombie that Sheriff Rick was trapped in the tank with: explaining why the part was cast with Sam Witwer, star of the US Being Human, rather than with an extra. The story would have encompassed the Fall of Atlanta from the military point of view, and perhaps included what Darabont calls a 'brush with established characters', showing the initial meeting of Dale, Andrea and Amy. Sadly for TWD fans, those plans were scrapped when Darabont exited the show: luckily for fans of noir, the new show sounds like a fantastic basis for a period drama series.
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