‘The Walking Dead’ Pilot Episode To Begin Shooting In May

Humanity beware — the zombie apocalypse has a start date.

According to Bloody Disgusting, the pilot episode of “The Walking Dead,” AMC’s adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s long-running Image Comics series, is set to begin filming on May 15, 2010. Shooting will commence in Atlanta, Georgia, the setting for the first several issues of the comic book series.

Fans have been salivating for more news ever since the initial announcement that director Frank Darabont was adapting Kirkman’s horror series. Last month, AMC officially ordered a pilot episode, though that’s only one step towards bringing “The Walking Dead” to television. If the final pilot episode isn’t up to the network’s standards, AMC is not required to pick it up for further episodes.

But if an early script review is any indicator, fans of “The Walking Dead” have little to fear regarding the adaptation’s quality.

“’The Walking Dead’ could even do for horror what the new ’Battlestar Galactica’ did for science fiction,” was the reviewer’s final assessment. “Cross your fingers and hope that the show comes together as well as it did on the page.”

When Kirkman spoke with MTV News about the “Walking Dead” adaptation, he said that the series would be very faithful to the comic book — to a point.

“I’ve told Frank flat-out that I do not want him to follow the comic to the detriment of the show,” he said. “I think it will be 100-percent true to the tone of the series, but at the same time it will be an entertaining, secondary way of experiencing ’The Walking Dead’ in a completely different light, so I’m excited.”

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