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Frank Darabont’s New TV Series Won’t Be Called “L.A. Noire” Anymore Due To Rockstar Games

As Frank Darabont is getting ready for his TV drama for TNT after the falling-out with The Walking Dead and AMC, he apparently had one crucial issue to resolve: the name of it.

The series, originally called L.A. Noire, can no longer be called that because there just happens to be a renowned Rockstar-developed video game with the same title. As Darabont puts it in his interview with io9, "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 s**t 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 much to the man's chagrin, his new series shall now be dubbed Lost Angels. Still, at least this whole curfuffle is resolved before the series aired so gaming nerds like myself won't DVR the series premiere and say, "This ain't my L.A. Noire!"

Not that I'm casting rude aspersions here as I am fascinated by how this show will turn out; but it's just so weird how it took this long for someone to tell Darabont this obvious fact. It certainly does make me ponder what a TV show adaption of the game would turn out to be though, it'd be pretty easy as the game itself is very cinematic in its pacing and has real actors' faces as the molds for their polygonal characters.


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