Robert Kirkman’s zombie drama “The Walking Dead” became one of the biggest breakout indie series after it launched at Image Comics. Immediately speculations of its possible adapted for either television or a full-length feature became common Internet chatter. Now thanks to the cable network, AMC, and the “Shawshank Redemption” and “The Mist” director Frank Darabont, the speculations are no longer.
AMC, who made an Emmy winner out of their original series “Mad Men” has expressed interest in including Kirkman’s horrific tale into its programming schedule.
According to Variety, “This is not about zombies popping out of closets,” Joel Stillerman, AMC’s senior VP of programming. “This is a story about survival, and the dynamics of what happens when a group is forced to survive under these circumstances.”
Pitched to the network by Darabont and “Terminator” producer Gale Ann Hurd, the project is reportedly near finalization.
“We’ve got an audience that loves this kind of material,” Stillerman said.
The Walking Dead is centered around Rick, a small-town police officer from Cynthiana, Kentucky, his family, and a number of other survivors who have banded together in order to survive after the world is overrun with zombies. As the series progresses, the characters become more developed, and their personalities shift under the stress of a zombie apocalypse. Fighting growing despair — and sometimes each other — the group searches for a secure location which they can finally call home.