Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Walking Dead is soon to be a TV Show

I'm not sure how many of you read comics, I'd say a small percentage but a percentage none-the-less, if you do I'm sure you are hip to The Walking Dead. For those who aren't here's the gist, Rick Grimes awakes in the hospital in his small town in Kentucky finding it deserted a la 28 days Later. He goes to Atlanta in search of his family as the masses were told to head to large cities where the government could protect them from the Zombie Apocalypse. It's overrun by Zombies, he finds his family in a refugee camp outside the city and they must start a new life. The book is still being produced and is in my opinion the best graphic novel being made today.

Now it is being made into a TV Series for AMC. In the last few years AMC has really become a strong brand when it comes to scripted drama, with Mad Men and Breaking Bad ushering in a new era for cable television. I would be sold on the idea if I had only heard that it was on AMC cause I know they wouldn't fuck up the great story put forth by Robert Kirkman. The thing that takes me from sold to completely and utterly stoked is who the show runner is for this fucker, Frank Darabont.

Darabont is a master of his craft which up until this point has been Film. For the uninitiated he is the man responsible for adapting and directing two great films based on Steven King stories "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile", as well as writing "Frankenstein" with Deniro, writing/directing the underrated Jim Carey film "The Majestic" and the completely serviceable King adaptation of "The Mist". So what makes him qualified to write/direct/produce a TV Series based on Zombie Apocalypse? His early career consisted of his writing the genre films "The Blob", "The Fly II", and "Nightmare 3: Dream Warriors".

He's been nominated for Oscars, Globes, and Saturns and now he is bringing his humanist writing and directing to Zombies on AMC. Color me excited.

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