Ex-'Walking Dead' showrunner to write, direct and exec produce drama

TNT has pacted with Frank Darabont on a pilot order for “L.A. Noir,” a drama based on the book by John Buntin.

Set in the 1940′s and ’50s, project will examine the conflict between the often corrupt Los Angeles Police Department — and its leader, Chief William Parker — and underworld figures such as Mickey Cohen.

Darabont will write and direct the pilot. He will also exec produce with Michael De Luca and Elliot Webb. Net’s inhouse shingle, TNT Original Prods., is set to produce.

“The story of ‘L.A. Noir’ is inspired by an incredibly dramatic period in the history of Los Angeles,” said TNT topper Michael Wright. “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.”

Darabont is coming off AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” He stepped away from the zombie skein last year due to reasons that include a disagreement with the net on production costs and schedules.

Last week TNT gave a 10-episode order to reality series “The Great Escape” from exec producers Betram van Munster and Elise Doganieri. Other pilots recently ordered by the Turner cabler include David E. Kelley’s medical drama “Chelsea General,” western “Gateway” and “Scent of the Missing,” about a canine search and rescue team.

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