So you thought zombies had been replaced by vampires as the new horror creature of choice? Think again. AMC has just landed a pretty major zombie property to be adapted as a TV series, along with some big name talent to make it happen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist) has signed on to write, direct and executive produce an adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic book series for the small screen. If you don’t think this is big news, then you clearly don’t know any hardcore zombie fans!
Just about every horror fan I know is a fan of this series, which follows a group of survivors amidst a zombie apocalypse. While I’ve only read the first hardcover collection myself, I can definitely vouch for its addictiveness. I’ve been wondering for a while now why we haven’t seen a decent zombie-centric TV series, and now with AMC striving to compete with HBO and Showtime for original programming, they are certainly going to attract a lot of viewers here. Add this to the critically acclaimed shows Mad Men and Breaking Bad, plus their upcoming remake of The Prisoner, and they’re starting to develop a pretty solid line-up… dare I say, better even than what HBO has at the moment. No word yet on when the show would premiere, but I’m guessing at least next summer, if not the fall. Are you excited to see The Walking Dead as a TV series on AMC, or are you, like, so over zombies?