It seems like ages ago that we first heard the surprising news that Frank Darabont, the creator and showrunner of AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead, wouldn’t be returning for the show’s second season, reportedly due to budget reasons. Now, we’re finally getting a taste of what he had planned for the premiere of Season 2; namely, a flashback episode that followed a group of Army Rangers who were battling it out in the early days of the zombie apocalypse in Atlanta.
“The idea was to do this with a very focused ‘you are there’ documentary feel,” Darabont explained in a letter to Ain’t It Cool News. “Not going all shaky-cam, but still making it a bit rawer and grainier than the rest of the show… All they have to do is travel maybe a dozen blocks, a simple journey, but what starts as a no-brainer scenario goes from ‘the city is being secured’ to ‘holy shit, we’ve lost control, the world is ending.” Sounds promising, right?
While it’s unlikely that we’ll ever get to see this particular vision of Darabont’s play out on screen, today brought the news that TNT has greenlighted a pilot based on his script for LA Noir, a show that will focus on the power struggle between the LAPD and the mob back in the ’40s. Could this be basic cable’s answer to Boardwalk Empire? Given what we’ve seen from Darabont in the past, we’re feeling pretty optimistic, but we’ll all have to stay tuned to find out. [via Inside TV]