January 21, 2010

AMC orders Walking Dead pilot

Yesterday, Variety reported that AMC has optioned a pilot for The Walking Dead.

Based on the comics series by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead will be written and directed by Frank Darabont who will also produce alongside Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Motion Pictures and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion.

The Walking Dead comics tell the story of survivors of the zombie apocalypse, focusing on police officer Rick Grimes, who travels in search of his family and a safe and secure home.

Will The Walking Dead find the same critical success as other AMC original programs such as Mad Men and Breaking Bad? I hope so. I've read a number of The Walking Dead trade paperbacks, and Darabont's films always impress me, so I'm excited at the prospect of the story's adaptation for TV.

If The Walking Dead survives development and goes to air, it will be one of the only broadcast zombie TV series in existence.