Is Zombies this year’s Vampires? Maybe for AMC as they pick up The Walking Dead to series. It Premieres in October tied to the network’s popular movie franchise FearFest. So far we have only one cast Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) who will play Shane, Grimes’ partner. Bloody-Disgusting have what they call a forerunner in the cast for the lead character Rick Grimes, Lee Miller (Hackers, Dracula 2000, “Eli Stone”).
Production begins in June in Atlanta for the six episodes of season one.
“The Walking Dead is that rare piece of material that plays on many levels,” says Joel Stillerman, Senior Vice President of Programming, Production and Digital Content. “Kirkman’s series brilliantly captures the social commentary and ongoing human drama of the zombie apocalypse; and let’s us kick a little zombie you-know-what from time to time.”
The Walking Dead tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The comic goes on to explore the challenges of life in a world overrun by zombies who take a toll on the survivors, and sometimes the interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to their continuing survival than the zombies that roam the country. Over time, the characters are changed by the constant exposure to death and some grow willing to do anything to survive.
Built on the comics with the same name by “Robert Kirkman has created a world in The Walking Dead with real characters, real human emotion, and great stories that paint a very smart, sophisticated, and layered picture,” said Joel Stillerman, the channel’s senior VP of original programming, production and digital content. “In that respect, this is the quintessential AMC version of a property like this, and I think that is what makes these books resonate for so many people.”
The Walking Dead has been published by Image Comics since 2003.