Now that we’re many months removed from Frank Darabont’s surprise ouster from The Walking Dead, it’s time to move on. Let’s begin with reading Darabont’s synopsis for how he would have kicked off season two with a Black Hawk Down-style flashback to the war of Atlanta, one that would have told the surprise story of the “tank zombie”—played by Being Human’s Sam Witwer, who only signed on because Darabont had planned this episode from the beginning—and then tied everything into the season premiere in a very inventive way, and which didn’t happen because Darabont was fired. Then it’s time to get mad about that all over again.
Once you’re done, it’s time to move on for real. After all, Darabont clearly has: He’s just sold TNT a new pilot set in the ’40s and ’50s in Los Angeles, telling the slightly fictionalized true story of the war between the LAPD and mobster Mickey Cohen—a story that’s been told several times already, as in L.A. Confidential and the upcoming Gangster Squad, but rarely as a television show. (That is, unless you count the Kiefer Sutherland-starring L.A. Confidential pilot, but it’s likely not even Sutherland remembers that.) Darabont will executive produce the show as well as write and direct the first episode of what is currently being called L.A. Noir, after the John Buntin book it’s based on. However, we wouldn’t be surprised to see that change to avoid any confusion with the video game, and disappointment from fans hoping to see Cohen’s gang brought down by weak-willed criminals who can’t stop glancing furtively at the ceiling.
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