For the past year, we've been reporting about L.A. Noir, the all-new period drama from TNT and former The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont that was just picked up to series three months ago. But of course one of the most recurring problems happens to be that gamers believed the series to possibly be an adaptation of the hit Rockstar Games title L.A. Noire that hit shelves a few years ago. With a first season already on the way and no word on when we can expect to see the television series yet, it's been unveiled that the gamer confusion and already pre-owned title has led Darabont to give his next project a new moniker.
In an interview with io9, Frank Darabont revealed that the series' name has changed due to possible legal action. “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. 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.”
Originally based on the book of the same name, the series is described as "a fast-paced period thriller based on the acclaimed novel by the same name, centering on the 1940s/50s-era epic battle between determined Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker (played by Justified's Neil McDonough) and boxer-turned-mobster Mickey Cohen." Jon Bernthal stars as Joe Teague, an former Marine-turned-LAPD cop in the period drama whileHeroes actor Milo Ventimiglia returns to television as Ned Stax, a corrupt attorney who has ties to both the mob and Teague.
The series also co-stars Alexa Davalos and Walking Dead alumni Jeffrey DeMunn and Andrew Rothenberg. Simon Pegg will guest star in the pilot as Hecky Nash, a comedian and mob patron, while Thomas Jane is said to take a series regular role as gangster Bugsy Siegel.
Speaking of Pegg's performance, Darabont states that it will certainly be a chance of pace and one fans will definitely want to watch. “Simon Pegg, whom I adore, came and played a role for me in this pilot as an American. He plays a stand up comic in 1947. It's not a funny role. It's a serious role," he says. "He's laying down a dramatic performance in a flawless, American dialect of the era... People who are Simon Pegg fans will be blown away by what he has done in this. I am his friend, and I've always known he's a very good dramatic actor and I expected great things from him, even my expectations were knocked on my ass by how good he is. So, you have that to look forward to.”
Currently, there is no premiere date for Lost Angels but it is scheduled to hit the air sometime this Summer.