Frank Darabont trades zombies for gangsters in TNT's 'L.A. Noir' pilot

frank-darabont-paleyfest-2011.jpg Frank Darabont will take his next TV project to TNT.

Darabont, who was infamously ousted as "The Walking Dead's" showrunner before the AMC drama's second season, will write and direct a pilot called "L.A. Noir" for TNT. The show, based on a book by John Buntin, will chronicle the long-running battle between Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker and gangster Mickey Cohen in 1940s and '50s Los Angeles.

"Noir is a passion of mine, so I feel blessed to delve into a project that speaks in the hard-boiled vernacular," Darabont says in a statement. "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 project is Darabont's first original work for TNT, but the cable channel is very familiar with his work, having played "The Shawshank Redemption" countless times over the years.

Darabont will executive produce the pilot with Michael De Luca ("Moneyball") and Elliot Webb. "L.A. Noir" is one of a handful of pilots TNT has in development, along with "Chelsea General," a medical drama from David E. Kelley and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and "Scent of the Missing," about a search-and-rescue team.

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