Frank Darabont has received the green light from TNT on his new TV series, which is based on the novel “L.A. Noir.” The network has agreed to pick up the six-episode first season of the show.
Though Daranont’s new series has been going by the name “L.A. Noir,” TNT said the project is untitled in their press release announcing the series pick-up. “L.A. Noir” is the name of the John Buntin book that this series is based on, not to be confused with the popular video game, “L.A. Noire,” which came out last year.
Darabont has brought two of his “Walking Dead” alums with him to this new series. Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn, both of whom were killed off on AMC’s hit zombie apocalypse show after Darabont was fired last year, will headline this project. “Heroes” star Milo Ventimiglia, “The Happening’s” Jeremy Strong and “Desperate Housewives'” Neil McDonough round out the cast, while Simon Pegg guest stars in the show’s first episode.
The plan is to have Darabont both write and direct the pilot episode. No word yet on when the series will air.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The new drama stars Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) as Joe Teague, an ex-Marine now working as an LAPD cop in an era rampant with police corruption. Jeffrey DeMunn (The Walking Dead, The Shawshank Redemption) plays Det. Hal Morrison, who heads up the LAPD’s new mob squad, with Jeremy Strong (The Happening, Lincoln) as Det. Mike Hendry, Morrison’s second in command. Neal McDonough (Captain America, Desperate Housewives) is Capt. William Parker, Teague’s boss who is determined to weed out corruption and bring down Mickey Cohen. And Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) plays Ned Stax, who fought alongside Teague during World War II but who now works as a lawyer with connections to the mob.