Frank Darabont can do no wrong in my eyes. After The Walking Dead and The Shawshank Redemption I have faith in all of his projects. So I suspect that his new project, the television series L.A. Noir is going to be just as phenomenal. The show will be based on John Buntin’s critically acclaimed book “L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City,” which chronicles the epic battle between Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker and mobster Mickey Cohen.
TNT recently announced plans to develop the book as a potential television series, but note that although they have the same name, this show is (unfortunately) not connected to video game that was released 2011.
The series official description is as follows:
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 ’50s. 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.
Along with Darabont, the project also has Michael De Luca, known for his work on The Social Network and Moneyball, and Elliot Webb as executive producers for the pilot episode. The pilot will be written and directed by Darabont.
Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) was quoted as saying this:
“The story of L.A. Noir is inspired by an incredibly dramatic period in the history of Los Angeles. 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.”
Darabont also chimed in by saying:
“Noir is a passion of mine, so I feel blessed to delve into a project that speaks in the hardboiled vernacular. 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. 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. Also a blessing is the warm welcome we’ve gotten from Michael Wright and TNT, a great bunch of folks with huge enthusiasm for the source material. The best bonus of all is getting to work with my friend Mike De Luca. He’s terrific, a tremendously smart and talented producer, a gem. Partnering with him on this marvelous project after knowing him for so many years is an absolute treat for me.”
De Luca later added:
“It has been a personal dream of mine to work with Frank Darabont since he was kind of enough to become my friend when we met in the late 1980s. He’s been an inspiration to me ever since. There is no one working at his level today who puts more integrity and humanity into their efforts to create lasting and original entertainment. This rich source material is a perfect fit for his talents, and we’re grateful to Michael Wright and TNT for this amazing opportunity.”
Needless to say, you can expect this show to be amazing. If it has the depth and surreality that Darabonts other works have, then it will be pretty awesome. And besides who doesn’t love Noir dramas?