The recently deceased walk again in the trailer for The Walking Dead, a new TV series from AMC, which was based off the comic book written by Robert Kirkman.
Frank Darabont was the auteur responsible for the acclaimed Stephen King novel adaptations The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist. He is also the creator of The Walking Dead TV series, which will premiere with a 90-minute episode on Halloween night this year.
The series revolves around officer Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln) who is gunned down in the line of duty. Grimes awakens in a hospital sometime later, only to find that the world has been devastated by a zombie epidemic.
Trapped in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by flesh-easting monsters, Grimes sets out in the hopes of finding his wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and son Carl (Chandler Riggs) still alive. He eventually encounters other survivors, including a young woman named Andrea (Laurie Holden) and Glenn (Steven Yeun), an expert scavenger.
Check out the full trailer for The Walking Dead below (NOTE: The following contains several grotesque zombie monsters and a brief bit of NSFW language):
There are definite shades of 28 Days Later in the plot synopsis of Walking Dead, though the TV show looks to lack the low-budget aesthetic of that Danny Boyle pic. Most of the footage on display in the trailer looks pretty standard for the zombie movie genre, though that final overhead shot of zombies swarming around a tank like ants is an effectively unsettling image.
If you read our live coverage of The Walking Dead Comic-Con panel, then you know just how much love there is for this series. The comic book has garnered a LOT of attention, with it’s great characters, intriguing spins on the zombie/horror genre – and yes, its utterly gruesome nature. AMC will apparently be bringing everything that made the comic a hit along to the small screen, making The Walking Dead one of the more anticipated shows to keep an (heh) eye out for this Fall.
The Walking Dead premieres on AMC on October 31st, 2010.