AMC has secured the rights and is developing a new series around The Walking Dead.
The zombie comic book series, written by Robert Kirkman, has been published by Image Comics since 2003.
Kirkman has signed on to serve as an executive producer on the project and three-time Academy award nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) has agreed to write, direct and executive-produce. Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk), chairman of Valhalla Motion Pictures, will work as an executive produce. David Alpert from Circle of Confusion is also on board as an executive producer. The Walking Dead tells tale of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, following a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The comic goes on to explore the challenges of life in a world overrun by zombies who take a toll on the survivors, and sometimes the interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to their continuing survival than the zombies that roam the country.
"Robert Kirkman has created a world in The Walking Dead with real characters, real human emotion, and great stories that paint a very smart, sophisticated, and layered picture. In that respect, this is the quintessential AMC version of a property like this, and I think that is what makes these books resonate for so many people," said Joel Stillerman, AMC senior vice president of original programming, production and digital content, in a statement. "To have world class filmmakers like Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd bring this to life here is brilliant. AMC strives to make shows that play like movies, and their visual and storytelling sensibility will fit perfectly with that creative approach."