The Walking Dead TV Series Greenlit, Cast Added

Published 5 years ago by , Updated April 7th, 2010 at 5:35 am,

the walking dead The Walking Dead TV Series Greenlit, Cast Added

It’s finally happening, folks! Frank Darabont’s live-action adaptation of the hit comic series The Walking Dead has been picked up for 6 episodes, before the pilot even aired. In late January, The Walking Dead series was greenlit as negotiations were being finalized for Darabont to write and direct the series for AMC. Now it’s a done deal with AMC putting out the official press release earlier today.

The Walking Dead is based on the hit Image comic series created and written by Robert Kirkman. It’s been a monthly series ever since its launch back on 2003 and as of this time, there are 70 issues. In the press release, the 6 episodes are described as “season one” so if it does well, we can hope for it to become an ongoing program.

For those unfamiliar with the series, the character-based comic 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 which makes it ripe for the making for a serialized program.

On the casting front, Jon Bernthal, who can currently be seen in HBO’s The Pacific, has joined the series as a supporting character but as for who will play the lead character, small town cop Rick Grimes, no one’s been chosen yet. Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) was rumored for the role but AMC has denied this.

The Walking Dead is 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?

Darabont is responsible for such works as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and more recently, The Mist, and I’m psyched to see this series.

The Walking Dead was won in a bidding war by AMC last August and it’s been on the fast-track ever since, with a pilot being announced earlier this year. The series officially begins production in June and is set to premiere in October during AMC’s Fearfest event.

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Source: THR

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  1. Jon looks a lot like Shane to me. I'm so excited for this.

  2. is amc allowed to be more graphic then other channels(not really sure how all that works) because i was watching a couple of movies on it and it said the f-word(alien on amc says it) other channels like tbs or abc dont say that. ive always thought a zombie tv show should be on HBO so it could be more graphic and gory

  3. I think this guy should be Rick Grimes!!!

  4. The series has been described a story about survival, and the dynamics of what happens when a group is forced to survive under these circumstances.The series also revolves around police officer named Rick Grimes, who leads a group of human survivors on a search for a safe home in a world overrun by zombies. So overall i think this is gonna be a hit and liked by the viewers.

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  5. Ever since I heard Darabont was attached, I was really excited. If the series is more about the drama of survivors, then doubters should watch The Mist to see how compelling it can be.

  6. Huge fan of the comics, can not wait for this

  7. I definitely agree! A finely acted, goosebump moment even if he doesn't quite look like him. Spoiler – Saying that though, when the voice says it's Lori, his reaction is amazing! they even did his stump really well. A petition should be started…

  8. I really do hope it's as graphic as the comic