The three time Oscar nominated, Shawshank Redemption director and The Walking Dead series genius, Frank Darabont has found a solid home for his upcoming TV series L.A. Noir. Thanks to Deadline, we now know that it has been picked up for six episodes next year!
This is a project that I have been excited about since I first heard of it. Here's what the report goes on to say, giving some more details on the series...
TNT has given a series order to Frank Darabont’s period drama pilot L.A. Noir, which has been picked up for six episodes. Based on the book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City by John Buntin, the project chronicles the battle between Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker and mobster 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.
LA Noir 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 Det. Hal Morrison, who heads up the LAPD’s new mob squad, with Jeremy Strong as Det. 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 Mickey 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 plays 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 African-American jazz scene; and Alexa Davalos as Jasmine, a beautiful woman whose past has come back to haunt her.
I am super stoked to see this series. I am a fan of Darabont's work, and can’t wait to see what he does with this. Is this a series that you could get behind?
Until next time….