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Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead
Grrrrr. Aarrrgh.

12 August 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

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Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd are close to finalising a deal for a TV adaptation of the zombie graphic novel series The Walking Dead, according to Variety.

Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore's series for Image Comics has been running (or rather shambling and lurching, but in a good way) since 2003, and currently stretches to ten paperback collections, with the eleventh due in December. 

The story focuses on police officer Rick Grimes and his family, in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. Other characters have come and gone as the series has progressed, meaning there are plenty of potential threads for episodic television. And the series' backbone, not unlike Battlestar Galactica, would presumably remain the Grimes' slow journey towards the Last Safe Place, which might not even exist.

Cable channel AMC (it stands for American Movie Classics, but their remit has shifted in recent years) are reported to be picking up the gauntlet. Their slogan is "Story Matters Here", which kind of bodes well, and their cable status means that, like HBO, they shouldn't be required to pull their punches when it comes to zombie flesh eating. 

AMC honcho Joel Stillerman described Darabont (the director of The Shawshank Redemption and The Mist) and Hurd (producer of Aliens and The Terminator) as "world class filmmakers and brilliant storytellers", and described the project as "not about zombies popping out of closets, but about survival, and the dynamics of a group under these circumstances."

Darabont will be apparently be writing and directing, though presumably he won't be the only member of that team. 

 


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Another rip off!!
George A Romero does not own the zombie genre. I am a fan of the zombie genre and not necesarilly of George A Romero in particular. This is very exciting news. Can't wait! More

Posted by finitribe at 09:12 on 18 August 2009 | Report This Post

Zombie divide.
There are two types of zombie fans, the religious idiots who see the Dead as affirmation of ARMAGEDDON, and people like me who think all religion is aimed at weak minded people and love Good Horror films without supernatural conjecture thrown in. More

Posted by Horrorguru at 16:32 on 15 August 2009 | Report This Post

ANOTHER RIP OFF OF GEORGE A ROMERO'S BRILLIANT TRILOGY
The Walking Dead, The rising, (More rip off's of romero's movies), I have read the comics and thought they were mediocre pap, a bit like Brian Keene's Zombie novels, and MAX BROOK's WWZ were all crap. Why the hell don't They make an ASH VS RE-ANIMATOR, A hell of a lot more fun. More

Posted by Horrorguru at 16:28 on 15 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Another rip off of George A Romero's seminal Trilogy.
Very much looking forward to this.  I've read a few of the Walking Dead "graphic novels", and they're very good.  Although I'm bias becuase I love the genre. More

Posted by Drone at 11:47 on 15 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Another rip off of George A Romero's seminal Trilogy.
L: Horrorguru Please stop doing zombie movies and TV show's, No zombie film will ever beat the original Romero Dead trilogy, Sure the DAWN remake was good but stupid fun, however the original DAWN still outshines it with sheer class. Darabont did a great take on stephen king's Lovecraftian tale THE MIST, he should make a film version of King's MATHESON/Romero tribute THE CELL, now that would be cool. omething tells me you haven't read the comics. You really, really should. More

Posted by XenonXylophone at 00:11 on 15 August 2009 | Report This Post

Another rip off of George A Romero's seminal Trilogy.
Please stop doing zombie movies and TV show's, No zombie film will ever beat the original Romero Dead trilogy, Sure the DAWN remake was good but stupid fun, however the original DAWN still outshines it with sheer class. Darabont did a great take on stephen king's Lovecraftian tale THE MIST, he should make a film version of King's MATHESON/Romero tribute THE CELL, now that would be cool. More

Posted by Horrorguru at 09:52 on 14 August 2009 | Report This Post

"Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore's series"? Tony Moore drew the first 6 issues, Charlie Adlard has drawn the following 57 issues and counting, so I think, arguably, we should be referring to it as Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's series. More

Posted by darkvoid at 08:23 on 13 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Can't wait!
ahrenheit 451 and now the Walking Dead, Mr Darabont is a legend.  If he keeps up his standard of film making I don’t mind if he continues adapting at all. More

Posted by morg1138 at 07:45 on 13 August 2009 | Report This Post

Can't wait!
I got into this graphic novel series purely by chance, and I don't regret it, the story is brilliant, can't wait for this to be adapted. I doubt they will do it in black and white like the comics though. Wish they would sort out Y:The Last Man too, last I heard Shia LeBoeuf said he wasn;t going to do it because Yorrick is too similar in character to Sam from Transformers. Stupid Jerk. More

Posted by Onerage3000 at 07:27 on 13 August 2009 | Report This Post

If the quality (read: money) is good, I'm really looking forward to this show. Could be cool. More

Posted by Bluehawk at 22:18 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

this sounds excellent, no idea what the comics are like but it sounds like my kind of thing and Darabont is such an awesome director More

Posted by richCie at 22:17 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

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Walking Dead is so over-rated.  You should all be reading Kirkman's Invincible and you know it! More

Posted by Invader_Ace at 19:00 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

Massive fan of Frank Darabont - great director and he seems like a really nice guy as well. All good news, IMO. More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 18:33 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

Already been done
Wow...a weekly show about people trying to find some kind of meaning in life while wandering through an apocalyptic landscape overrun by zombies...sounds just like Eastenders to me More

Posted by MaxRenn at 17:30 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

Too good to be true?
t's the British-pessimist  in me, but this is such awesome news I know something's going to come and ruin it. I love the graphic novels, US Cable TV should allow it the luxury of unravelling the story at a good pace, Darabont's great and has shown he has balls when he needs them (The ending to The Mist, for example. The film felt quite Romero in places, yum yum yum :D )t=arial] ing's going right!? This can't be. Still, my fingers are uber-crossed. Just pray it doesn't go th More

Posted by seedykay at 15:40 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

about time - hope it does the comic justice
I've been reading this for about a month and it is GRIPPING ... was begging to be turned into a movie / mini-series ... if done right, it should be great ... Darabont certainly has the minerals to pull this off. The next big deal will be the casting ... but this is great news indeed More

Posted by Suverlo at 13:58 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

Sounds good. P-lease don't mess this up! No MTV zombies.
I'm glad they've opted for a tv serial to adapt the books, it'll give them more time for the characters. It'll also give a better feeling of time passing, as the books span a long time in the lives of the survivours. What was mentioned about the focus about being on survival is exactly right. No MTV zombies though please. As long as the gore is not dumbed down it should be a classic series, well some parts may have to be on second thoughts... (if you've read all the books you'll know what I m More

Posted by Rich Empire at 13:57 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
L: Youshouldberunning Darabont+sci-fi/horror=genius xactly. More

Posted by Kazuya at 12:18 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

Instant Classic...
...purely based on Darabont's involvement and his passion for genre films. Done right! More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 12:17 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead
This has "AWESOME" written all over it. The Walking Dead is such a gripping story and I was hoping for ages that HBO would pick it up for a series but this will do anyway. Frank Darabont is the perfect guy for the job, he'll nail the perfect blend of character and horror. Can't wait! More

Posted by Mojo at 12:16 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

Darabont+sci-fi/horror=genius More

Posted by Youshouldberunning at 12:15 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead
Bugger - I just saw the words The Walk on the front page and I was hoping for another Bachman Book, not another zombiethon. Won't the timing clash with the proposed TV adaptation of The Strain?     More

Posted by elab49 at 12:11 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead
Darabont is a genius, plain and simple, fucking class director. And The Walking Dead should be a perfect fit. And it's a tv show, lots and lots of episodes..just made my day. More

Posted by Kazuya at 12:10 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead
L: Kazuya FUCK YEAH. sp; My thoughts exactly. After The Mist I really want to see more horror from this guy. More

Posted by Deviation at 12:07 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead
FUCK YEAH. More

Posted by Kazuya at 12:05 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

Relief!
When i saw the headline i nearly wept thinking that they would butcher a great zombie story (no pun intended!) by squashing it down to movie length... So glad theyt are making it into a tv series, this has "potential epic tv great" written all over it! Still keeping my fingers crossed that the World War Z movie turns out ok. Now tha\t should have been made in a tv series... More

Posted by top_ash at 11:13 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

Thank god they're looking at TV for this
Am a huge fan of the graphic novels and have been wanting wanting something to be done with this for ages. I am just so glad that its being approached in the form of a TV series and not a film so that justice can truly be done to the series. If done faithfully this could be the next best thing to hit TV screens. More

Posted by Banky at 10:47 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
How about a sequel to The Fly (1986), Eric Stoltz would be a good choice. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 09:44 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
For once I'd like to Darabont tackle something original and not another adaptation. There is no doubt he is one of the best around in terms of these but I would love to see him make something that wasn't based on a book or graphic novel. More

Posted by James2183 at 09:42 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

Woohoo! Something new to read. Empire is turning into a great place to get reccs for comics (as I'm a newbie to the genre). First Watchmen and Scott Pilgrim and now this.... Amazon here I come :) More

Posted by nclowe at 09:17 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

This could be interesting, good source material and a good film making duo. Would make a great running series, I look forward to seeing what come of this. More

Posted by AstroZombie at 08:56 on 12 August 2009 | Report This Post

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