Frank Darabont served as showrunner for the first season of The Walking Dead and developed and produced season 1 and part of two. He also wrote episodes for the first two seasons and directed the pilot episode of “Days Gone Bye.” Throughout his career, Darabont has worked on some amazing films, most notably, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist. Which are all adaptations of Stephen King’s works.
Another lesser-known series Darabont created and directed, Mob City, is based on John Buntin’s book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City. The series was created for TNT and aired for one season in 2013.
Based on the true story of the conflict between the Los Angeles Police Department under the leadership of Chief William Parker and the LA mafia led by Bugsy Siegel. Set in 1947, with flashbacks to the 1920s, the series shows the noir period in LA, which was all about flashy cars and movie stars. This was also a period of time, based on lies and corruption when half the LAPD was run by mafia families.
Frank Darabont’s Mob City – cast
Three Walking Dead actors star in this series. Jon Bernthal plays LAPD Detective Joe Teague, Jeffrey DeMunn is Hal Morrison, the LAPD’s mob squad lead, and Daniel Roebuck as Nick Bledsoe, a member of Morrison’s mob squad. Other notable names in this series include Milo Ventimiglia, Neal McDonough, Alexa Davalos, Robert Knepper, Gregory Itzin, Edward Burns, Richard Brake, Paul Ben-Victor, and guest stars Simon Pegg and Ernie Hudson.
The series is available to purchase on Prime Video for $4.99 (when this article was published).
The first film Darabont ever worked on was Hell Night (1981) which starred Linda Blair. You can watch this one on AMC+.
DeMunn, who played Dale on The Walking Dead, also starred in Darabont’s The Mist.