In August we reported that Frank Darabont, the acclaimed director behind The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and more recently, The Mist, was finalizing contract negotiations with AMC to write and direct a series adaptation of the zombie-survival comic, The Walking Dead. To the excitement of fans of the popular comic book series, a pilot has finally been greenlit!

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 which makes it ripe for the making for a serialized program.

While Darabont was negotiating with the network, AMC VP Joel Stillerman hinted that the show will follow the important elements of what makes the comic series stand-out as it does and confirmed that it will stay 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.”

Now that the deal is done and that a pilot for The Walking Dead is on the way, things are looking up and I am excited to see this in live-action. AMC’s Charlie Collier affirmed their confidence in those involved after greenlighting the project.

“Working with people like Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd is the right way in for us to deliver a project of distinction in this genre.”

Hurd works for Valhalla Motion Pictures and Darabont is producing alongside Robert Kirkman, co-creator and writer of the series.

Are you excited for The Walking Dead?

Source: Variety