Frank Darabont returns to TV!
TNT developing LA Noir pilot!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Well, this is some welcome news, especially after getting a glimpse at what Frank Darabont was up to with The Walking Dead just a couple days ago.
TNT just sent out a press release announcing the greenlighting of a pilot for LA Noir, a passion project from Darabont. He’ll direct the pilot from his script, which has nothing to do with the video game. Instead it’s based on John Buntin’s book LA Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City and will focus on the LAPD’s battle with the West Coast Mob in the ‘40s.
It feels to me like it could be an answer to HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, but a harder bent to the noir genre, which can only be good news. Could they possibly shoot it in black and white? How awesome would that be?
So, Darabont returns with producers Michael De Luca and Elliot Webb to give us some old school gritty detective stories in ‘40s LA.
Who would make a good noir character? If I were a betting man, I’d say we could see a reunion between Darabont and his Mist star Thomas Jane. He'd look great chainsmoking in a nice suit.
Here's the most noiry image I could find. Come on TNT, please let them shoot this whole thing in high contrast black and white! You know it's the right thing to do!
Now here’s the full press release:
TNT has ordered a pilot for L.A. Noir, a new drama series from executive producers Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead, The Shawshank Redemption), Michael De Luca (The Social Network, Moneyball) and Elliot Webb (Tall Time Tales). The project from TNT Original Productions is 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. Alissa Phillips (Moneyball) of Michael De Luca Productions serves as co-executive producer. Darabont is set to write and direct the pilot.
“The story of L.A. Noir is inspired by an incredibly dramatic period in the history of Los Angeles," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "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.”
“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.”
“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," said De Luca. "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.”
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.
Darabont’s extraordinary career includes three Oscar nominations – one for writing the sleeper hit The Shawshank Redemption and two for writing and producing The Green Mile. Darabont also has the distinction of being one of only six directors in the history of the Oscars to have his first two movies each receive Best Picture nominations. He recently earned his third Directors Guild of America Award nomination for directing the pilot of the series The Walking Dead, for which he also served as executive producer.
De Luca’s extensive big-screen credits as executive producer include such high-profile films as Boogie Nights, Wag the Dog, Dark City, Pleasantville, American History X, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Magnolia and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. As a producer, he earned an Oscar nomination for The Social Network and produced the acclaimed 2011 film Moneyball.
L.A. Noir is the latest project to join TNT's rapidly expanding development slate. The network recently ordered a pilot for Chelsea General (working title), a new medical drama series from award-winning producer David E. Kelley and practicing neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, M.D. The project is based on Gupta’s upcoming novel Monday Mornings.
In September, TNT ordered a pilot for Scent of the Missing from CBS Television Studios. Based on Susannah Charleson’s book about an adrenaline junkie who leads a canine search-and-rescue team, the pilot stars Tricia Helfer, Gerald McRaney, Eric Winter and Summer Glau. And in August, TNT ordered a pilot for Gateway from Warner Horizon Television. The Western saga involves three brothers who step in to save their town when their father, the town sheriff, is murdered. The brothers are pitted against a corrupt cattle baron who is determined to make the town his own. The cast includes Cam Gigandet, Keir O’Donnell, David Denman, Karen Allen, Ana De La Reguera, Keith Carradine, Donal Logue, Shanno Lucio, Eric Lang, Anthony Lapaglia and Bill Sadler.
Good luck to Frank and the rest of his team. I hope they have a better experience this time out. Can’t wait to see how this one shapes up.
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Jan. 9, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST
Jan. 9, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST
Jan. 9, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST
I wonder if RockStar will sue if they make a TV show called LA NOIR after they just put out a game called LA NOIRE.
Jan. 9, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST
Thomas Jane's looking for work.
Jan. 9, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST
by Michael Lunney
Supernatural, then why should anyone care? Anyone with half a brain and high standards, that is.... monkeys, pans, god,,,,,,poot moo.
Jan. 9, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST
by paul burnett
..was absolutley awfull. a huge missed chance, it should have kept cole in uniform an had him doin beat cop type missions in between the main plot playing out...a plot by the way that you couldn't influence no matter how hard you tried to fuck it up...aaaaaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh
Jan. 9, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST
for fans of television that don't use the term "for realz" in their everyday conversation.
Jan. 9, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
So Quint, you're apparently not the only one who envisioned him chain smoking in a nice suit.
Jan. 9, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST
Jan. 9, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST
It's a damn good read and has the potential to translate to the small screen really well as long as they don't bog down the show searching for one lost 12 year old girl.
Jan. 9, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST
I wonder if he will swoop in and strip mine the production crew at Walking Dead for his own show. It was mentioned several times that these were all friends of his. Makes sense. Get the band back together and give AMC a big FU.
Jan. 9, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST
And I am one of them.
Jan. 9, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST
Jan. 9, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST
Jan. 9, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST
Love NOIRE... Not enought NOIRE in Hollywood anymore...
Jan. 9, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST
Even if it's not related to the game, I would love to see worlds collide at least once and have Cole Phelps show up in an episode. That would be astounding.
Jan. 9, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST
Michael Pitt's tv schedule is free and he's at his best playing doomed protagonists. Perfect for an LA Noir crime story.
Jan. 9, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST
If it makes it to TV, I'll bet they change the title. People confusing the two properties could cause problems for the show, I think.
Jan. 9, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST
will not have the proper budget. isn't that what made him leave walking dead?
Jan. 9, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST
Im done with that POS series
Jan. 9, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST
Could have been Rick on Walking Dead or Don in Mad Men, now his mediocre show got cancelled. Maybe he will get something better now.
Jan. 9, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST
Because that is one of my favorite movies ever.
Jan. 9, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST
by rakesh patel
needs a hit. get him
Jan. 9, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST
you will actually get to follow the main character throughout the entire story. LA Noire is worth a go if you're after something different and want to see most of the cast of Mad Men as computer game characters. Walter Bishop pops up too. Shame they spent so long on the technology and forgot to come up with a decent ending. Good try though.
Jan. 9, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST
by rakesh patel
karma is a bitch, and loyalty is rare to find.
Jan. 9, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST
Will she ruin another tv show? Hope not, I like her. -- This L.A. Noir project sounds like it will be good. They need some catchy period music, though.
Jan. 9, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST
Jan. 9, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST
look at Sin City
Jan. 9, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST
Jan. 9, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST
amen to that
Jan. 9, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST
How did you NOT like the finale to Boardwalk Empire? What more can you ask for from a season finale?
Jan. 9, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST
I just hope Darabont can handle the budget and network issues this time without letting himself get screwed over by the suits.
Jan. 9, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST
Jan. 9, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST
I'd actually love to see a sequel to The Mist. Maybe explore some new characters in a different location, or have the mist and more Lovecraftian beasties return and messing things up again. It would be interesting to explore Thomas Jane's character after the trauma he suffered at the end of the film.
Jan. 9, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST
Esai Morales and the dude that played alongside him as the Adama brothers did a good job with their noir style characters.
Jan. 9, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST
They should totally do this series in black and white. If nothing else, they could shoot color and convert to black and white in post (which they'd probably need to do anyway) - and then air/release both versions. Meanwhile, BTW, Spielberg should totally offer a black and white option for Raiders on Blu-ray... http://youtu.be/yt0eJh0YXZ0
Jan. 9, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST
Of course, that is not a bad thing to aspire to at all.
Jan. 9, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST
Either way, I have faith in Darabont.
Jan. 9, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST
Jan. 9, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST
Jan. 9, 2012, 8:41 p.m. CST
So many Mad Men actors in that one, counting minor characters.
Jan. 9, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST
Would love to see this in black and white and totally agree that Thomas Jane would be excellent. I'm excited. I just hope it is a different kind of show and not another routine cop show set in a noirish setting. It needs to standout and be unique and I'm hoping that Frank could do it. Btw, I played through the LA Noire game and it would be hilarious to see Cole in an episode.
Jan. 9, 2012, 10:45 p.m. CST
He should be Mind you how they still havent managed to put out a decent series based on American Tabloid etc is beyond me.
Jan. 10, 2012, 12:19 a.m. CST
This sounds like a great Frank Darabont project. He'll bring his R-rated sensibilities to cable, hopefully giving us a dramatically kickass show with blood to spare. Sounds fantastic!
Jan. 10, 2012, 12:43 a.m. CST
by John Pool
would be perfect...
Jan. 10, 2012, 4:32 a.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
Not cause they're worried about a lawsuit, after all its based on a book of the same name that came out before the video game. But they'll probably still want to avoid confusion between the video game and the show.
Jan. 10, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST
Jan. 10, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST
Jan. 10, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST
Oh wait, he's a ginge
Jan. 10, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST
If they do it right. It does not have to be a parody, either. There is SO MUCH history about the battle for control of Los Angeles, which began even before WWI. The book traces the early years and rise to power of both mobster Mickey Cohen and Chief William H. Parker, the man responsible for creating the LAPD we know and love today. Rich, rich stories centering on both these men, which could easily be intertwined with various sub-plots involving murder, corruption, gambling, wealth.... ANYTHING. Yes, think L.A. Confidential, but with a more sweeping historical arc to it, and you've potentially got yourself one helluva great show. Just make sure you've got solid writers, a great cast and stay the fuck away from anything that smacks of camp! All that being said, not sure TNT is the right network for his project. Here's hoping they give Darabont a little more leeway than AMC did. Fingers crossed.
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