Since his departure from The Walking Dead, fans of Frank Darabont have been waiting for his next project. For a while, we've known that project would be Mob City -- formerly known as L.A. Noir -- a drama he's been developing for TNT. While we still have months to go before the series debuts, we're starting to see some finished promotional material for the drama. That includes two dark and glamorous new posters that seem to go out of their way to sell sex and violence individually.
The above poster is the "violence" as we're treated to the sight of Ed Burns pointing a gun almost directly at the camera, and Jon Bernthal looking particularly tough-guy, with his head back and a cigarette hanging off his lip. Its black and white and looks kind of like a newspaper photo, which adds a nice vintage element to it, as though the hats and Burns' jacket don't already do that. The tagline is, "Where the good become bad and the bad become gods."
And on the sexy side, we have this next one, which trades guns and hates for a feathery fan to cover the mysterious woman's backside…
The woman is in silhouette with her back to us, but it's clear she's naked, or mostly naked, anyway. And instead of a tagline, this one reminds us that this is Frank Darabont's new show.
Both posters include the date, December 4, 2013, which seems like it's really far away, but is actually only a few months.
The posters come about a month after the arrival of the first sneak peek of Mob City. Catch it below:
Written and directed by Frank Darabont, Mob City is set in Los Angeles in the 1940s and stars Bernthal and Burns, along with Jeffrey DeMunn, Neal McDonough, Gregory Itzin, Robert Knepper, Milo Ventimiglia, Alexa Davalos and Jeremy Luke.
Based on the critically acclaimed book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City, by John Buntin, Mob City centers on Det. Joe Teague (Bernthal), an ex-Marine who holds his cards close to his chest. Teague has been assigned to a new mob task force headed by Det. Hal Morrison (DeMunn). The task force is part of a crusade by Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker (McDonough) to free the city of criminals like Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Luke), the ruthless king of the Los Angeles underworld. Parker also won’t hesitate to go after anyone from his own police force who sells out honor and duty for the sake of a big payout.