"The Walking Dead" became one of the biggest breakout indie series of the last decade after Robert Kirkman launched it at Image Comics. Now, another entertainment upstart may be bringing the zombie serial to wider audiences with an adaptation courtesy of "Shawshank Redemption" and "The Mist" director Frank Darabont. AMC, the cable network who made an Emmy winner out of their original series "Mad Men" when it began dabbling in dramas, wants Kirkman's tale to join its programming schedule.
"This is not about zombies popping out of closets," Joel Stillerman, AMC's senior VP of programming told Variety. "This is a story about survival, and the dynamics of what happens when a group is forced to survive under these circumstances."
Pitched to the network by Darabont and "Terminator" producer Gale Ann Hurd, the project is reportedly near finalization. If it goes through, the heavily zombie-film-inspired comic could join the TV Guide listings for a channel built on classic cinema.
"We've got an audience that loves this kind of material," Stillerman said.
Kirkman's title follows a group of survivors in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. The writer set it apart from previous horror comics early on with its focus on individual story-lines and character-based drama—much like the advertising world of Don Draper.
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