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Walking Dead Coming To AMC

Posted by Luke Brown On August - 12 - 2009


Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Tony Moore’s zombie epic hitting the small screen courtesy of AMC and Frank Darabont.

Both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that AMC has acquired the rights to produce a television series based on the Image comic, The Walking Dead. The network has tapped Frank Darabont to write, direct, and executive produce, along with Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. Joel Stillerman, senior vice-president of original content for AMC, has said the series will stay true to the tone of the comic series, and added the book was so appealing to the network because of “the quality of storytelling.” Stillerman added, “This is a story about survival, and the dynamics of what happens when a group is forced to survive under these circumstances. The world (in ‘Walking Dead’) is portrayed in a smart, sophisticated way.”

Frankly, I think it’s about time that somebody realized just how perfect Walking Dead would be for serialization on television. The characters are easily identifiable, the plotting is rich with emotion and cliffhangers, and the overall arching story lends itself to adaptation very well. With AMC’s current stable of excellent programming (is there a person on this planet who doesn’t relish in every minute of Mad Men), they are probably the most capable cable network of pulling this off. Sure, the pay channels could probably get away with being a bit more graphic, but to me, horror and suspense stories have always been about what you don’t see.

There’s no current start date, or even an estimation about when the show will enter pre-production, but I eagerly await more news on this development. If all goes well for this adaptation, other comics that were slated to become television series may see their production fast-tracked, and more comic-based content across major media can only be a good thing for the industry.


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