Frank Darabont, the acclaimed director behind The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and more recently, The Mist, is finalizing a hefty contract with AMC to write and direct a series adaptation of the zombie-survival comic, The Walking Dead.

The character-based series follows a Kentucky police officer and his family along with a bunch of other survivors who work together in resistance of the world that’s been overrun with zombies. Although a zombie-themed book, the stories of The Walking Dead are really about the people, their relationships and their development while trying to cope with this impossible situation.

Joel Stillerman, a VP at AMC said that the project will keep true to the source material and maintain the same tone of the books.

“This is not about zombies popping out of closets… This is a story about survival, and the dynamics of what happens when a group is forced to survive under these circumstances. The world (in ‘Walking Dead’) is portrayed in a smart, sophisticated way.”

The successful Image comic series is written by Robert Kirkman and has been released monthly since its debut in 2003. It’s famously known for its visual style of being only black and white. Will the small screen adaptation of The Walking Dead go black and white?

What do you think of The Walking Dead going live-action with a series?

Source: Variety