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Despite leaving The Walking Dead, still has his fingers in a lot of pies. Delicious looking pies. He's currently re-writing the script to the upcoming Godzilla, but perhaps more excitingly, he's also the mastermind behind the forthcoming gangster TV series, Lost Angels.

Now, Lost Angels, which is based on John Buntin's book, L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America’s Most Seductive City, has actually been around for a while. However, it was recently forced to change its name from its original L.A. Noir. You don't have to be a decorated detective to figure out why. In 2011, Rockstar Games released a video game called L.A. Noire, and they don't seem happy about sharing the name. Darabont told i09:

Yes, 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.

Darabont will be bringing along The Walking Dead star to join him, explaining:

It's a very, very cool show. It's [set in] 1947 LA and it stars my very dear friend Jon Bernthal, whom I worked with on The Walking Dead who is now free of... those shackles.

Bernthal isn't the only big name who will be joining the cast. Darabont revealed that none other than Shaun of The Dead and Spaced star is expected to appear. However, it looks like Pegg will not be delivering the usual laughs. Darabont explained:

He plays a stand up comic in 1947. 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… People who are Simon Pegg fans will be blown away by what he has done in this.

Well, I definitely include myself among the group of Pegg fans (I met him once. We joked about inbreeding. It was awesome) so I'm pretty stoked to hear he will be getting his noir on in Lost Angels. The story actually sounds pretty complex, so how best to explain it than with the official synopsis? Check it out below:

Lost Angels stars Jon Bernthal as Joe Teague, an ex-Marine now working as an LAPD cop in an era rampant with police corruption. Jeffrey DeMunn plays Detective Hal Morrison, who heads the LAPD’s new mob squad, with Jeremy Strong as Detective Mike Hendry, Morrison’s second in command. Neal McDonough is Capt. William Parker, Teague’s boss who is determined to weed out corruption and bring down Cohen. And Milo Ventimiglia plays Ned Stax, who fought alongside Teague during World War II but who now works as a lawyer with connections to the mob. The project also co-stars Ron Rifkin playing Los Angeles Mayor Fletcher Bowron, who makes it his mission to clean up corruption in city government; Pihla Viitala as Anya, the head bartender at Bunny’s on Central Avenue, the West Coast center of the black jazz scene; and Alexa Davalos as Jasmine, a beautiful woman whose past has come back to haunt her.

With Darabont leading the first season of The Walking Dead onto television glory, I'm pretty sure he can do the same with Lost Angels. What do you think? Will you be watching Lost Angels when it hits the small screens? Let us know below.


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