After writer-director Frank Darabont was fired from AMC's The Walking Dead, he almost immediately started work adapting John Buntin's book L.A Noir for television.
The book tells of the epic battle between the LAPD and Mickey Cohen, a former boxer turned mob boss in the 1940s. Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, The Pacific) will play the lead, an ex-Marine turned cop who also has to deal with the corrupt police force around him. Also involved are Neal McDonough (Justified), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Jeremy Strong (The Happening) and Jeffrey DeMunn (The Walking Dead).
Thomas Jane (Hung, The Mist) will also guest-star in the pilot as a gangster with anger management issues called Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, while Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) will appear as a mediocre comedian and mob associate.
Cable network TNT (who are behind Falling Skies) have picked up L.A Noir for a brief six episode run, according to Variety—showing similar caution to AMC when they first announced The Walking Dead. If L.A Noir's a success, expect a more usual 10-13 episode second season.