Frank Darabont's new series "L.A. Noir" has landed on TNT. The network has ordered a pilot from the former showrunner of "The Walking Dead" for the project which he started shopping shortly after he quit the AMC series.
"L.A. Noir" is based on John Buntin's book "L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City". Set in the '40s and '50s, it chronicles the true story of the conflict between the Los Angeles Police Department and the crimeworld, led by mobster and former boxer Mickey Cohen.
"Noir is a passion of mine, so I feel blessed to delve into a project that speaks in the hardboiled vernacular," Darabont said in a statement about the project. "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."
Darabont will serve as executive producer along with Michael De Luca and Elliot Webb. He is also set to write and direct the pilot.
In another news, Darabont's unused idea for "Walking Dead" season 2 opener has been revealed. In a letter to Ain't It Cool News, the 52-year-old confirmed that he wanted to kick off the second season with a flashback episode which saw the early days of the zombie apocalypse.
It would follow "a squad of Army Rangers getting trapped in the city and trying to survive as Atlanta falls." For the proposed plan, Darabont hired Sam Witwer to make a cameo as the Tank Zombie, whom Rick ended up shooting inside a tank in the middle of zombie-occupied Atlanta.