Frank Darabont to Direct 'L.A. Noir' Pilot
You should know Frank Darabont's name by now. He was at the helm for such movies as The Green Mile, The Mist, and The Shawshank Redemption (guy loves himself some King) as well as The Walking Dead series on AMC. Now we've got word that Darabont will be directing the pilot of the L.A. Noir adaptation for TNT, based on the John Buntin novel. Here's the synopsis:
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.
Per the press release, here's some of what Darabont had to say regarding the project:
Noir is a passion of mine, so I feel blessed to delve into a project that speaks in the hardboiled vernacular,” said Darabont. “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.
The first thing that comes to mind is that this is close to Boardwalk Empire territory, but nothing wrong with that as long as Darabont keeps that grimy, noir feel of things intact. Wonder if he'll go black and white with it.
What do we think, LitReactors? Any L.A. Noir fans out there?
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