Frank Darabont Bounces Back from ‘Walking Dead’ Firing With TNT Pilot

Frank Darabont (Getty Images)

Frank Darabont (Getty Images)

Fans of “The Walking Dead” know about what kind of turmoil the show went through early in its second season, when Frank Darabont, the person largely responsible for the tone and pace of the show’s first thirteen episodes, was fired by AMC last summer over “creative differences.” But Darabont was too important of a figure in Hollywood to be down for very long. TNT has just announced that they are picking up the pilot for “LA Noir,” a new series produced by Darabont.

The show is a period piece that depicts the war between the LAPD and the Los Angeles mob. “It’s a world of glamorous movie stars, powerful studio heads, returning war heroes, a powerful and corrupt police force and an even more dangerous criminal network determined to make L.A. its West Coast base,” describes a press release about the pilot announcement.

“Noir is a passion of mine, so I feel blessed to delve into a project that speaks in the hardboiled vernacular,” Darabont said in that same release.

Of course, Darabont’s sudden exit from “Dead” is still fresh in everyone’s minds, because, as The Hollywood Reporter pointed out, those “creative differences” had a lot to do with budget issues that created conflict between Darabont and AMC. And the Darabont episodes of “Dead’s” second season have been criticized for being slow-moving and fairly zombie-free. Perhaps TNT has a bit more money.

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