L.A. Noir tv adaptation in the works

What’s in a name? More to the point, what’s in a letter? L.A. Noire is a video game, released by Rockstar Games and developed by (sadly-closed) Australian studio Team Bondi.

L.A. Noir on the other hand – no e – is a television drama project, to be broadcast on U.S. network TNT, and developed by former executive producer of The Walking Dead, Frank Darabont.

It’s not confusing at all, really. Both projects look at the “seedy underbelly” of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s, addressing gumshoe detectives, mobsters and stories such as the Black Dahlia.

L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City

L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City

Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies explains:

The story of L.A. Noir is inspired by an incredibly dramatic period in the history of Los Angeles. 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.

While the game draws inspiration from quasi-fictional accounts of the time – James Ellroy novels like L.A. Confidential feature heavily – the new series is based on just one book: John Buntin’s 2009 release L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City, all about the battle between L.A. police chief William Parker and his nemesis, gangster Mickey Cohen.

Darabont explains:

Noir is a passion of mine, so I feel blessed to delve into a project that speaks in the hardboiled vernacular. 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.

Darabont himself has worked on features including The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption as well as the recent television adaptation of The Walking Dead.

At this stage, according to TV Guide, there is no predicted date for L.A. Noir to hit the small screen.

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