He may no longer be in charge of The Walking Dead, following an unexpected dismissal just prior to that show's season two premiere, but the influence of Frank Darabont will soon be felt on television again.
TNT has ordered the pilot for L.A. Noir, a Darabont-produced drama based on John Buntin’s "L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City," a book that chronicles the battle between Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker and mobster Mickey Cohen in the 1940s and 50s.
Darabont will write and direct the pilot.
“The story of L.A. Noir is inspired by an incredibly dramatic period in the history of Los Angeles," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "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.”