By Chris Arrant
There were many announcements made at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo last weekend, but one of the most eye-opening of them all was when ”The Walking Dead” actress Laurie Holden relayed a rumor that horror novelist Stephen King was going to write an episode of the series. That ignited a firestorm of speculation – speculation that was turned into anticipation when the rumor was confirmed with the novelist himself.
“['The Walking Dead' showrunner Frank Darabont] has expressed enthusiastic interest for Season 2 or possibly 3,” King told Entertainment Weekly, confirming Holden's comments in a C2E2 panel report by Comic Book Resources.
EW goes on to state that this dream project is still early in negotiations, but King said that he’d like to co-write the episode with his son, Joe Hill, who has his own comic series headed for the TV screen in "Locke & Key."
The second TV season of “The Walking Dead” is expected to debut in October 2011, and Darabont and Kirkman are reportedly mapping out the new season as we speak.
King is no stranger to television – or comic books for that matter. In addition to having several of his prose stories turned into TV series, he’s also written original works such as “Storm of the Century” as well as episodes of “The X-Files” and “Tales From The Dark Side.” As a life-long reader of comics with several previous adaptations of his work, King wrote a serialized comic of his own in the DC/Vertigo series “American Vampire”.
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