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The Walking Dead - The AMC TV Series
Entered on: March 30, 2010 9:21 AM by Jackzilla
The Walking Dead March on AMC  
Variety has reported that Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's ongoing tale of survival horror in a post-apocalyptic world, The Walking Dead, has been greenlit by AMC for a six-episode run to begin this October, and casting for the series is well underway.  
"The Walking Dead's road to the small screen has been a long one, but so far it's looking like the best of all worlds," creator and writer Robert Kirkman said. "Given AMC's track record with shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, combined with Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) writing and directing, I couldn't possibly be more excited for this to come together. Having the pilot greenlit is a huge leap forward to this becoming a reality."  
Jon Bernthal, currently starring in HBO's The Pacific, has been cast as Rick Grimes, the series' main character. A police officer before the zombie apocalypse strikes, Grimes leads a small band of human survivors on a quest to find a safe haven from the rampaging undead.  
In addition to the ongoing comics series, there are 11 trade paperbacks currently in print, collecting issues 1 though 66, along with a series of five hardcovers covering #1 through 60. The first 48 issues have also been collected in two limited edition slip-cased hardcovers and a softcover compendium. Across are formats the series remains a sales juggernaut with the title charting on the New York Times' graphic novels bestsellers list numerous times and are consistently strong sellers through Diamond Comic Distributors.  
"Since its debut in October 2003, The Walking Dead has been nothing short of unstoppable," said Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. "Over the last five years, sales on both the single issues and the trade paperback and hardcover collections have gone from strength to strength, so it's no surprise that The Walking Dead is now poised for success on TV. Everyone at Image is very excited to see this project come to light."

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From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 30, 2010 9:25 AM

I figured this needed it's own topic.   How sweet is this?  Initially I'll admit that I was dissapointed that HBO wasn't doing the series.  But we've recently gotten into AMC's Breaking Bad and it's pretty cool (and features ultra violence, nudity and adult language -- all required to do The Walking Dead right!).

I anxiously await!

From: Ross Entered on: March 30, 2010 10:42 AM

I also recently started Breaking Bad and I love it so much that I had to stop, to get Heather on board before proceeding.  Also, Mad Men kicks ass.  So yeah, AMC is just fine by me. 

Not sure how I feel about this Bernthal dude being Rick but I'll withold judgement for now.  Still very excited.


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