Aug 14, 2009

The Walking Dead on TV

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According to Variety, and confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, Image Comics' graphic novel series The Walking Dead, which I just reviewed not four days ago here, has been picked up by television channel AMC to be made into a full series. AMC's Senior VP, Joel Stillerman has even gone on the record of saying that the show will stay true to the original content's tone. Notice the wording there - the tone, not necessarily a shot by shot, comic issue by comic issue telling. So fanboys calm down, I'd still expect some great entertaining and compelling TV to come out of this. Stillerman has also stated that:

"This is not about zombies popping out of closets," Stillerman said. "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."

And how right he is. AMC's most popular viewing times are actually in October during a horror movie marathon they play dubbed "Fear Fest". AMC is actually paying close attention to it's demographic audience and their interests.

AMC is currently breaking a lot of ground with it's compelling TV series such as Golden Globe, BAFTA and Emmy winning "Mad Men" and it's fellow Emmy winning "Breaking Bad". Whoever is in charge of picking shows on this network is definitely turning it into the next must-watch channel.

Attached to this project, which apparently was up for high auction between networks for quite a while, is writer Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, The Green Mile and The Mist), Gale Ann Hurd (wrote 3 of the 4 Terminators + Sarah Conner Cronicals, and produced all of them, plus, Hulk, Punisher, Punisher War Zone and The Incredible Hulk) and David Alpert (history unknown). With resumes like that, we could have ourselves the next Lost, with zombies being pumped like an IV into the veins of mainstream and ridding it of Vampires once more.

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