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Frank Darabont’s new TNT drama L.A. Noir now has a new name, which means we can all stop confusing it with the video game L.A. Noire. And lest you think we’re pulling that comparison out of thin air, Darabont explained in a new interview that he and his team were forced to change the name by Rockstar Games.
“It was going to be called L.A. Noir, based on the book by John Buntin. But the video game company with the video game called L.A. Noire (with an e!) threatened to sue the shit out of me, TNT, every company that actually ever worked in Hollywood,” he told io9. “And they have the billions of dollars to back it up, apparently. So we’re changing the title, and I do believe the title is going to be Lost Angels.”
As Darabont said,
L.A. Noir Lost Angels is based on John Buntin’s book L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul of America’s Most Seductive City. It deals with the battle between Los Angeles cops and gangster Mickey Cohen that was the basis of the recent film Gangster Squad. TNT describes the series as a fast-paced crime drama set in “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.”
In addition, the showrunner revealed a bit more about Simon Pegg’s role in the show. According to Darabont, he’ll play a stand up comic in 1947 — but don’t expect for Pegg to be the series’ comedic relief.
“It’s not a funny role. It’s a serious role. He’s laying down a dramatic performance in a flawless, American dialect of the era,” Darabont said. “People who are Simon Pegg fans will be blown away by what he has done in this.”
TNT ordered six episodes of Lost Angels, though no premiere date has been set yet. It stars Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey DeMunn, Jeremy Strong, Neal McDonough, Milo Ventimiglia and Ron Rifkin. Here’s it’s official description:
This new series tells the true story of a decades-long conflict between the Los Angeles Police Department, under the determined leadership of Police Chief William Parker, and ruthless criminal elements led by Mickey Cohen, a one-time boxer who rose to the top of L.A.’s criminal world. The new drama stars Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) as Joe Teague, an ex-Marine now working as an LAPD cop in an era rampant with police corruption. Jeffrey DeMunn (The Walking Dead, The Shawshank Redemption) plays Det. Hal Morrison, who heads up the LAPD’s new mob squad, with Jeremy Strong (The Happening, Lincoln) as Det. Mike Hendry, Morrison’s second in command. Neal McDonough (Captain America, Desperate Housewives) is Capt. William Parker, Teague’s boss who is determined to weed out corruption and bring down Mickey Cohen. And Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) plays Ned Stax, who fought alongside Teague during World War II but who now works as a lawyer with connections to the mob. In the pilot, Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead) guest-stars as Hecky Nash, a third-rate comedian and mob hanger-on.