I don't know anything about how the laws work concerning this topic, so I refrain from comment on this one.

The new project from "The Shawshank Redemption" director Frank Darabont was going to air on TV with the title "L.A. Noir." But apparently, publisher Take-Two Interactive had a big problem with that.

As most of you know, Take-Two put out the Team Bondi-developed game, L.A. Noire , back in 2011. And in speaking to i09 , Darabont said Take-Two threatened to sue him if he named his new show "L.A. Noir." You may notice that Darabont's title doesn't have an "e" at the end of it, but that didn't dissuade Take-Two:

"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."

"Apparently?" Nobody in movies or TV has any clue about how big the video game industry is today, do they? Well, anyway, Darabont's show is set in 1947 Los Angeles, which is the same time as the game, so it's another reason for Take-Two to be annoyed. By the way, the show is now going to be called "Lost Angels" and it'll come to TNT eventually. So if you liked the game, you might enjoy the show.

Related Game(s): L.A. Noire

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Xombito
Xombito
8 years ago

Be funny if it starred the same actor in the lead.


Last edited by Xombito on 1/24/2013 12:20:27 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

He's still busy at Mad Men I think.

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
8 years ago

Take Two probably doesn't want there to be any confusion or connection between the game and the tv show. Besides, there is no way the director or producers of the tv show didn't see it coming.

Hand_of_Sorrow
Hand_of_Sorrow
8 years ago

im neutral in this, i'll be watching out for the new t.v series.
Darabont brought us, the movie, the mist, the walking dead t.v series.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
8 years ago

I did not like it when he used the word "apparrently" either.

drewcan2
drewcan2
8 years ago

didn't see this coming? The show is named after a book that was published 2 years before the game was released. Maybe the books publisher should have threatened to sue Take-Two.

dmiitrie
dmiitrie
8 years ago

It's too bad that Take-Two and TNT couldn't have worked something out to keep the name. LA Noir is a much better name than Los Angelas. I'm sure that this sort of thing happens often. I know that the creators of both Californication and Arrested Development were sued over their respective names, but settled and were able to keep them. Like others have mentioned, I find it odd that someone involved with the show wasn't told to do some research to find out about something like this.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

That's pretty funny, a big name like Darabont felt the wrath of the titans. The gaming industry deserves some respect too ya know! But yeah I'd love to see the show.

Corvo
Corvo
8 years ago

Wheres the bewbs man? 😀

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

I'm likin' the Axe right now.

Corvo
Corvo
8 years ago

I thought the post was about the TV show for the game. I would have watched it. But after the whole thing with Cole..

Pyramid
Pyramid
8 years ago

Quote ""Apparently?" Nobody in movies or TV has any clue about how big the video game industry is today, do they?" LOL They DONT wanna know.