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01/09/2012 05:26 pm ET Updated Mar 13, 2012

TNT Greenlights 'LA Noir' Pilot From 'The Walking Dead' Former Showrunner Frank Darabont

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The network has ordered the pilot for "LA Noir," a period from writer/director Frank Darabont, who was the showrunner for AMC's "The Walking Dead," until he left in June over creative issues. (His plans for Season 2 of the series were recently revealed.)

Darabont will direct the "LA Noir" pilot from his script, which is based on John Buntin's book "LA Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City." The series, like the book, will center on the LAPD's battle with the West Coast Mob in the '40s and '50s, focusing specifically on Police Chief William Parker and mobster Mickey Cohen.

"Noir is a passion of mine, so I feel blessed to delve into a project that speaks in the hardboiled vernacular," Daramont said in a statement. "The goal is to deliver on the tone that the title 'L.A. Noir' promises: a smart, gritty, authentic, period noir drama."

Michael De Luca ("Moneyball") and Elliot Webb ("Tall Time Tales") will act as executive producers for "LA Noir" with Alissa Phillips ("Moneybal") serving as co-executive producer.

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