TNT Orders Frank Darabont’s Pilot ‘L.A. Noir’

It is that time of year again where all of the networks – major and cable alike – begin the arduous process of deciding which new projects to greenlight for development as pilots. One such new potential is called L.A. Noir and has been picked up by TNT. This new drama comes from executive producers Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead), Michael De Luca (Moneyball) and Elliot Webb (Tall Time Tales).

The project, from TNT Original Productions, is based on the John Buntin critically acclaimed book “L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City”. The pilot will be written and directed by Darabont.

“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). ‘L.A. Noir’ is the true story of a decades-long conflict between the Los Angeles Police Department, under the determined leadership of Police Chief William Parker, and ruthless criminal elements led by Mickey Cohen, a one-time boxer who rose to the top of L.A.’s criminal world.

The series is a fast-paced crime drama set in Los Angeles during the 1940s and 1950s. It’s a world of glamorous movie stars, powerful studio heads, returning war heroes, a powerful and corrupt police force and an even more dangerous criminal network determined to make L.A. its West Coast base.