Good news and bad news. The bad news is that Hollywood is going forward with the 800 billionth project about zombies. The good news is that the comic being adapted for the small screen is the respected The Walking Dead, and it’s being developed into a series by AMC, television’s most reliable channel for making shows that don’t suck.
“Walking Dead,” a monthly black-and-white comic book, has been a hotly sought-after property since it was published in 2003 by Image Comics. Darabont originally developed the project several years ago under his deal at NBC. It landed at AMC after a healthy bidding war.
“Dead” chronicles the months and years following a zombie apocalypse where a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, travel in search of a safe, secure home. The comic explores the challenges of life in a world overrun by zombies that take a toll on the survivors. Over time, they grow willing to do anything to survive, so the interpersonal conflicts sometimes present a greater danger to their continuing survival than the zombies who roam the country. [THR]
I suppose I’m cautiously optimistic. I haven’t read The Walking Dead, but my trusted nerd sources assure me it’s an excellent read. And AMC is responsible for “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” as well as the promising-looking “Rubicon” (due next year). I just hope they cast Crispin Glover as the head zombie. Think about what they’ll save in makeup!