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Frank Darabont of 'The Walking Dead' signed for 'L.A. Noir' pilot

January 9, 2012 |  1:47 pm


Frank Darabont, the former executive producer of "The Walking Dead" who left the series after one season, is developing a pilot for TNT.

The project, "L.A. Noir," is based on a book by John Buntin, "L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City," which looks at the conflict between Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker and gangster Mickey Cohen during the 1940s and '50s. Teaming with Darabont as executive producers are Michael De Luca ("The Social Network") and Elliot Webb ("Tall Time Tales"). Darabont will write and direct the pilot. 

Said Darabont in a statement: "Noir is a passion of mine, so I feel blessed to delve into a project that speaks to the hard-boiled vernacular .... The goal is to deliver on the tone that the title 'L.A. Noir' promises: a tough, gritty, authentic period noir drama."

Darabont, who was the key force behind "The Walking Dead," AMC's apocalypic drama about zombies, abruptly quit the series after a high-profile appearance at Comic-Con 2011. Reports circulated that he was upset that AMC had cut the budget for the series.


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Photo: Frank Darabont, right, with "The Walking Dead" star Andrew Lincoln at Comic-Con 2011. He abruptly left the show after the event. Credit: AMC