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Did L.A Noire spark a resurgence for 40's crime thrillers?


Since the release of Team Bondi's L.A Noire last year, Hollywood has decided to respond by bringing 40's period crime drama back to our screens in a HUGE way, one year on.

First off, there's Frank Darabont who is currently developing a TV series called L.A Noir for 2012. While it has no connection to Team Bondi's game despite having a near identical title, could it be that the famed Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption director was more than a little bit influenced by L.A Noire before taking on a crime drama project of his own?

Lawless is also coming out this year to theatres and includes some big name movie stars including Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and Guy Pearce. It's not quite set in L.A, but it's certainly set in the same post-depression era so expect a healthy dose of brimmed hats and possibly a whole lot of "No no no no no no" from LaBeouf.

And how about this new trailer for Gangster Squad below?! It has a huge all-star cast including Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, and many more, but just rummage through the youtube comments underneath and you'll find a bunch of comments claiming this as "L.A Noire, the movie". Many others agree that it has more than a passing resemblance to the look and feel of Team Bondi's game. Put it down to Team Bondi's impeccable research in mid-40's fashion, set designs, and their historically-accurate near 1:1 recreation of 1947 Los Angeles based on 180000 archived pictures to set the standard for all new period pieces based on mid-40's post-depression L.A will inevitably be compared against.

It's also worth noting that Gangster Squad also features the infamous L.A gangster, Meyer Harris "Mickey" Cohen, played by Sean Penn. "Mickey" also appears in L.A Noire, performed by the actor, Patrick Fischler.

With such a number of big budget 40's period films arriving soon, it would be exceptional timing for a L.A Noire sequel, but you know, there's that whole thing about Team Bondi not being around anymore.