Ousted 'The Walking Dead' Showrunner Developing New 'LA Noir' Series
Last year, fans of "The Walking Dead" were shocked to find that executive producer Frank Darabont, who had helped craft the zombie show into the critical and ratings success that it is for AMC, had been swiftly fired with little explanation from the network.
Well, when you fire a guy as talented as Frank Darabont, you'd better be prepared for the day when he starts developing another show on a rival network.
Darabont is currently working on a new TV series over at TNT, which acts as a direct rival to fellow drama-heavy cable network AMC, where "The Walking Dead" currently calls home. Darabont's new series will be titled "L.A. Noir," and is about pretty much what you would expect it to be about: noir-style stories set in Los Angeles in the 1940's.
The gangster-style show will focus mostly on the showdown between Los Angeles crime boss Mickey Cohen and the city's police chief at the time, William Parker.
I, for one, am really excited about this idea. Not only does the show sound like it's in the vein of "Boardwalk Empire" (another crime-heavy period drama), but it's also coming from the guy who brought you "The Walking Dead" and "The Shawshank Redemption." And it's a noir drama. That's a winning combination if I've ever heard on.