Frank Darabont‘s TNT pilot (formally known as L.A. Noir) has been picked up to series — and we have a first look at what the period cop drama holds.
The currently untitled series, based on the book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City by John Buntin, traces the battle between former Los Angeles police chief William Parker and mobster/former boxer Mickey Cohen.
Ousted Walking Dead exec. producer Darabont wrote and directed the pilot and will executive produce alongside The Social Network producer Michael De Luca and Elliot Webb (Tall Time Tales).
Here’s what Michael Wright, president and head of programming at TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, had to say about the pick-up:
“L.A. Noir is an intense, exciting drama that takes viewers back to a truly fascinating time in the history of Los Angeles. Frank Darabont, Michael De Luca and Elliott Webb have delivered an outstanding opening episode that evokes the time and place in stunning detail. Together with a pitch-perfect ensemble cast and top-notch production crew, they have woven an engrossing tale of heroism in the face of greed and corruption. We’re very excited to be working with such talented storytellers in bringing this project to life.”
Take a first peek (above and below) at what kind of world the series hopes to create on a week-to-week basis (courtesy THR):
The series is set in the 1940’s and 50s and will star The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn, reuniting them with Darabont. Bernthal will play Joe Teague, ex-Marine-turned-LAPD cop. DeMunn plays Detective Hal Morrison, head of the LAPD’s new mob squad.
Neal McDonough will portray Capt. William Parker, Teague’s boss who’s determined to weed out corruption and bring Cohen down.
Heroes alum Milo Ventimiglia will play Ned Stax, who served alongside Teague during World War II and is now an attorney with ties to the mob.
TNT has yet to announce a premiere date for the six episode season.