It looks like Frank Darabont’s L.A. Noir (not to be confused with Rockstar’s L.A. Noire) has found a home at TNT.
The network sent out a press release earlier today letting the world know that they’ve picked up the series, which is an adaptation of John Butin’s novel of the same name (plus a semicolon and them some more words) about Los Angeles’ Police Chief William Parker going toe-to-toe with mobster Mickey Cohen. Find the plot somewhat familiar? If so, you’ve either recently read the aforementioned book or watched the trailer for Rueben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad. Fleischer’s film isn’t an adaptation of Butin’s book (it’s based on one by Paul Lieberman), but it does tell the Los Angeles vs. Cohen story.
The series will be a “a fast-paced crime drama set in Los Angeles during the 1940s and ’50s,” according to TNT. Darabont snagged two of his Walking Dead actors – Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey Demunn – to star in the project alongside of Jeremy Strong (The Happening), Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes). The pilot will feature a guest appearance from Simon Pegg, beloved King of Geeks, as Hecky Nash, “a third-rate comedian and mob hanger-on.”
TNT has ordered six episodes of L.A. Noir. I, for one, am quite excited to see how it turns out.