Mr. Big Turns to Crime Fighting for TNT

10/17/2002 at 01:00 PM EDT

Mr. Big is about to get bigger.

"Sex and the City" actor Chris Noth, 47, who from time to time plays the love interest of main character Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), will star in a series of original TNT movies based on some 1980s and '90s New York crime novels by Anthony Bruno, Variety reports.

The first installment, a two-hour film based on Bruno's "Bad Apple," is tentatively slated to debut on the cable network late next summer. (TNT, like PEOPLE, is part of Time Warner.) The movie will update the novels to present day.

Noth will play undercover FBI Special Agent Mike Tozzi. In "Bad Apple," Tozzi and his longtime partner, Cuthbert Gibbons, work undercover to investigate a crime family.

The Wisconsin-born Noth, who also appeared on "Law & Order," will also serve as an executive producer. He tells the trade paper that he's been "running around with these books for four or five years."

"They're funny and dangerous and feature completely unexpected character aspects," he said. "They take well-worn ground and just give it a fresh look in the same way 'The Sopranos' has (for its genre). It's dramatic with major dark comedy overtones, which is why I want to do it."

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