Sandra Gonzalez
January 09, 2012 AT 11:05 PM EST

Looks like Frank Darabont will soon have a little less time to ponder Walking Dead what-ifs.

TNT has ordered a new drama series from Darabont (together with The Social Network producer Michael De Luca and Elliot Webb) titled L.A. Noir, which is based off John Buntin’s book (and not to be confused with the 2011 videogame L.A. Noire). Darabont, who stepped down as Walking Dead showrunner in July amid much hoopla, is set to write and direct the pilot. 

“Noir is a passion of mine, so I feel blessed to delve into a project that speaks in the hardboiled vernacular,” Darabont said in a release. “John Buntin’s superb book, though non-fiction, is our touchstone and inspiration for the stories we’ll be telling, weaving fiction throughout the facts and facts throughout the fiction.”

L.A. Noir, set in the 1940s and ’50s, chronicles the true story of the conflict between the Los Angeles Police Department and the crimeworld, led by mobman and former boxer Mickey Cohen.

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