TNT Picks Up Frank Darabont's 'L.A. Noir' to Series;
Possible Name Change
TNT is officially in the Frank Darabont business.
The cable network has picked up the ousted Walking Dead showrunner's period drama formerly known as L.A. Noir, ordering six episodes of the period cop drama, TNT announced Wednesday.
The now untitled series, based on the book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City by John Buntin, revolves around the battle between former Los Angeles police chief William Parker and mobster/former boxer Mickey Cohen.
“L.A. Noir is an intense, exciting drama that takes viewers back to a truly fascinating time in the history of Los Angeles," said Michael Wright, president and head of programming at TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. "Frank Darabont, Michael De Luca and Elliott Webb have delivered an outstanding opening episode that evokes the time and place in stunning detail. Together with a pitch-perfect ensemble cast and top-notch production crew, they have woven an engrossing tale of heroism in the face of greed and corruption. We're very excited to be working with such talented storytellers in bringing this project to life."
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Frank Darabont’s ‘L.A. Noir’ Renamed ‘Lost Angels;’ Simon Pegg Plays Small Role
Frank Darabont is trying again with a television series in the wake of his departure from The Walking Dead, and he’s brought John Bernthal along with him. His new effort was called L.A. Noir, but will now hit televisions as Lost Angels. As you might have surmised, the reason for the title change is Rockstar’s video game called L.A. Noire; the publisher laid down the law about the title.
Based on John Buntin’s book L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America’s Most Seductive City, the show covers some of the same ground as the recent film Gangster Squad: the battle between LA cops and gangster Mickey Cohen. Info on the title change is below, straight from Darabont, along with the plot of the pilot and info on a role played by Simon Pegg.
Darabont recently explained the change to io9:
It was going to be called L.A. Noir, based on the book by John Buntin. But the video game company with the video game called L.A. Noire (with an e!) threatened to sue the s— out of me, TNT, every company that actually ever worked in Hollywood. And they have the billions of dollars to back it up, apparently. So we’re changing the title, and I do believe the title is going to be Lost Angels.
And what about Simon Pegg’s role? The showrunner says,
He plays a stand up comic in 1947. It’s not a funny role. It’s a serious role. He’s laying down a dramatic performance in a flawless, American dialect of the era… People who are Simon Pegg fans will be blown away by what he has done in this.
Here’s the description of most of the ingredients in the pilot’s plot, which will air on TNT:
Lost Angels stars Jon Bernthal as Joe Teague, an ex-Marine now working as an LAPD cop in an era rampant with police corruption. Jeffrey DeMunn plays Detective Hal Morrison, who heads the LAPD’s new mob squad, with Jeremy Strong as Detective Mike Hendry, Morrison’s second in command. Neal McDonough is Capt. William Parker, Teague’s boss who is determined to weed out corruption and bring down Cohen. And Milo Ventimiglia plays Ned Stax, who fought alongside Teague during World War II but who now works as a lawyer with connections to the mob. The project also co-stars Ron Rifkin playing Los Angeles Mayor Fletcher Bowron, who makes it his mission to clean up corruption in city government; Pihla Viitala as Anya, the head bartender at Bunny’s on Central Avenue, the West Coast center of the black jazz scene; and Alexa Davalos as Jasmine, a beautiful woman whose past has come back to haunt her.
Robert Knepper will have a role. It'll be T-Bag in a tweed suit.
There’s also a show I ended up doing, as well. I’m recurring on Frank Darabont’s show, which was called L.A. Noir, and it got picked up. I don’t know what it’s called now. I heard they were changing the name of it. That’s shooting in L.A., and I really wanted to get that to be close to my boy. I wanted to play Chief Parker, who’s the cop who becomes the Police Chief of L.A. Frank said, “No, I love you and want you on the show, but I see you as this other character.”