Rockstar forces Frank Darabont to change the name of L.A. Noir, his upcoming TV show

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Last year, Frank Darabont, the director of The Shawshank Redemption and the the creative force behind the first season of The Walking Dead, announced that his next television production would revolve around the cops and criminals of 1940s Los Angeles. Oh, and he planned to name his show L.A. Noir, after the John Buntin book its based on.

Needless to say, Rockstar Games was less than pleased.

Speaking to io9, Darabont revealed the show’s new name, Lost Angels, and described exactly how less than pleased Rockstar was with the original title:

[I]t 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 **** 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.

The first season of Lost Angels will air on TNT sometime this Summer.

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