Just over a week ago, AMC greenlit a six-episode start to the television adaptation of The Walking Dead, the hit comic book series by Robert Kirkman which has been going strong with monthly issues ever since its start in 2003.
On the casting front, Jon Bernthal (The Pacific) had joined the series as a supporting character but we didn't know who would play the lead character, small town cop Rick Grimes. Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) was rumored for the role but we now know that Frank Darabont has chosen British actor Andrew Lincoln.
Lincoln may not be a recognizable face (yet) but he's done quite a bit of British TV work including stints on This Life, Teachers and currently he's starring in Strike Back.
The Walking Dead is about people coming together to survive and the story follows a Kentucky police officer, Rick Grimes, and his family along with a bunch of other survivors who work together in resistance of the world that’s been overrun with zombies. As I've mentioned before, 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 and it will make for a fantastic television series.
I'm happy with the choices so far for the cast and that Frank Darabont is helming the project. Are you excited about The Walking Dead coming to TV?
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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