Take-Two denies it threatened suit over L.A. Noir TV show

Company says it never contacted Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont about pursuing legal action over since-retitled TNT show.


The Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont claimed this week that Take-Two "threatened to sue the sh*t out of me" over his new TNT TV show, which was to be called L.A. Noir, forcing him to change it to Lost Angels. Now, Take-Two has responded, denying Darabont's claims.

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“It’s unfortunate that Mr. Darabont finds it necessary to gain publicity by making inaccurate statements," a Take-Two representative said. "Take-Two never contacted Mr. Darabont nor threatened to sue any party."

"The facts are that Take-Two reached out to [TNT parent company Turner Broadcasting System] to express concern over confusion between the properties and they responded that they had decided to change the title of the show independent of Take-Two’s concerns.”

In addition to featuring a name similar to L.A. Noire, Darabont's show is set in 1947 Los Angeles, the same time period of the game.

L.A. Noire was developed by Team Bondi for Rockstar Games and released in May 2011. It garnered a positive critical reception and shipped 4 million units. A sequel is a possibility.

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