Walking Dead Television Series Gets Green Light

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Walking Dead Television Series Gets Green Light

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Time to load up your shotguns zombie fans, AMC has officially confirmed a Walking Dead television series.

Robert Kirkman's blockbuster zombie comic book series The Walking Dead was known to be under consideration for a television adaptation, but today AMC officially confirmed that it'll be coming to the network in 2010. Six one-hour episodes are planned to start airing in October.

How can I express my feelings on this plainly. I would have eliminated a continent full of children to see a Walking Dead television series made. Thankfully, now I can dismantle my nuclear arsenal.

Why should you care? The Walking Dead has been running since 2003 and with 70 or so issues released it's simply the greatest zombie story ever told. Dawn of the Dead is a great movie, but it's over in two hours. The Walking Dead's premise is a tale of a zombie apocalypse that doesn't end. While it has its share of undead gore, everything The Walking Dead does is smart and often surprising. It's penned by comic veteran Robert Kirkman, who serves as executive producer on the television show, and is currently illustrated by Charlie Adlard.

The Walking Dead primarily follows ex-cop Rick Grimes as he attempts to deal with a world overrun by zombies. Fear not, as these zombies are the slow-moving variety, but they will still chomp an arm off if you let them. Rick, his family members, and newfound friends try to find stability in their dangerous world, but are often forced to do the unthinkable and personally changed in ways that can never be repaired. Nobody is safe in The Walking Dead, and Kirkman has hinted that he might even kill off Rick someday. It's not just a great zombie tale, but a great comic in general.

According to Kirkman, the television series may not be a direct adaptation and will still hold surprises for fans. AMC handled Madmen and Breaking Bad pretty well, so I'm looking forward to another amazing series here. I have a problem with AMC only ordering six episodes for a zombie story that is never supposed to end, but that's the state of television today. If you all watch it, like I know you will (or I will come and find you), we will likely see more.

(Via: SciFi Wire)

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hasn't this been confirmed a long time ago? I knew about it since last year.

So pissed off that they're not called the AMS

Tom Goldman:
I have a problem with AMC only ordering six episodes for a zombie story that is never supposed to end, but that's the state of television today.

They did this with either Breaking Bad or Mad Men. They gave it a short first season, then every season since has been 13 episodes. They're giving the show a chance to find it's audience before committing to a full season.

Definately want to see this show, I love the walking dead series, I hope the show can live up to the comics.

scnj:

Tom Goldman:
I have a problem with AMC only ordering six episodes for a zombie story that is never supposed to end, but that's the state of television today.

They did this with either Breaking Bad or Mad Men. They gave it a short first season, then every season since has been 13 episodes. They're giving the show a chance to find it's audience before committing to a full season.

Well, it happened with Breaking Bad, but that was more because of the Writers Strike going on.

will this be in Australia? cos it looks awesome.

Sounds good. I remember reading the first couple from a friend, and I found them quite gripping. Although to be fair, I was going through my zombie fetish at the time.

A proper Zombie series to kill off the torrent of vampire shows/series? This I approve of.

AkJay:
hasn't this been confirmed a long time ago? I knew about it since last year.

Yes, but it was now officially greenlit. Only a pilot was made, and it must have been good.

I would hardly call it "The greatest zombie story ever told".

It is a well told story, and has a lot of rather disturbing evoking scenes in it though.
I find the story drags on a bit after vol.7 though.

I don't know how great a television adaptation will be, but I'll give it a shot.

BlindMessiah94:
I would hardly call it "The greatest zombie story ever told".

It is a well told story, and has a lot of rather disturbing evoking scenes in it though.
I find the story drags on a bit after vol.7 though.

I don't know how great a television adaptation will be, but I'll give it a shot.

Yeah, it's just my opinion :) Though I have seen most of the top zombie films, etc...

AkJay:

scnj:

Tom Goldman:
I have a problem with AMC only ordering six episodes for a zombie story that is never supposed to end, but that's the state of television today.

They did this with either Breaking Bad or Mad Men. They gave it a short first season, then every season since has been 13 episodes. They're giving the show a chance to find it's audience before committing to a full season.

Well, it happened with Breaking Bad, but that was more because of the Writers Strike going on.

But it worked out for that show, so the network has probably decided that it's a successful strategy.

I'm so excited for this and I own everything from the comic!

Tom Goldman:

BlindMessiah94:
I would hardly call it "The greatest zombie story ever told".

It is a well told story, and has a lot of rather disturbing evoking scenes in it though.
I find the story drags on a bit after vol.7 though.

I don't know how great a television adaptation will be, but I'll give it a shot.

Yeah, it's just my opinion :) Though I have seen most of the top zombie films, etc...

I have to agree a little bit with the fact that the story kinda lulls for a bit, but I just finished the latest TPB not too long ago (Vol 11 i think?) and hooooo man if they keep the flavour and brutality of the comic series intact they will have a disturbing winner on their hands. My friends and I have devoured most things Zombie related and we agree that this is one of the better stories going. Thank fuck AMC is allowed to show "adult" content as well, cause there is no way to PG this story.

That's Funny:
Definately want to see this show, I love the walking dead series, I hope the show can live up to the comics.

Aye, same here. If they do though it is sure to be a great series and surely something epic to watch!

Well ever since Adventure Land!!!!(still a good movie) People have been even more obsessed with zombies over last years Vampires. So by next year everyone will be hunting ghosts.

Hmmm? A zombie television show that will be based of an apparently good zombie comic book series?

Yeah, you'll find me tuning in at the appropriate hour.

This makes me wonder, why haven't this been done before? Seemed like something that should have been thought up a long time ago.

Gonna be horrible. Too much torture, rape and gore.

Sounds cool, hope it turns out good.

ark123:
Gonna be horrible. Too much torture, rape and gore.

Hey there's no torture, rape, or gore...

*reads last few issues*

oh...

Oh my gosh, I'm so exicited for this, I've been a massive fan of this series and AMC tands to create good quality shows.

According to Kirkman, the television series may not be a direct adaptation and will still hold surprises for fans.

I actually don't mind this too much, although it depends on what they mean by direct adaptation. If it means a word for word verbetim of the comic then I don't mind AMC taking a little creative freedom (maybe give us a new charater or edit some locations or eents to keep the story new and fresh, though this most likley means that they're to edit out some of the violent torture, rape and gore scenes,but that's understandable). However, if they mean starting a new story in the comics universe then I'm a little more sceptical.

Still, super excited to see this in October.

This has been kicking around for about a month and any true TWD fan will appreciate the attention to detail and truthfulness in this scene....Just starts to whet the appetite....

heard on another message board that the actor was auditioning too!!!

Big Spoiler alert though...if you haven't read up to issue 51 be careful!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS_5FV-W20g

oh fuck yeah! man i heard rumors about this happening but never thought the show would get the green light. finally a tv series about the zombie apocalypse and its based on The Walking Dead how can this fail?

I'm excited for this, even through I've only read the first four volumes.

And can AMC even show the amount of gore/sex/cursing/gore (I know I said gore twice. It's because there's a fuck lot of it.) that TWD has?

I really love this series and it's the only comic I regularily read. And I can officially say that it's the only read I've ever had that made me physically ill. I'm talking putting the comic down and breathing fresh air until the nausea passed ill. Yeah, I know. That being said, I'm still holding out hope for World War Z. Apparently it's already been optioned, but I haven't started holding my breath just yet.

Hoorah!

I haven't had the chance to read the source material, but from what i've heard from the comic books, this shouled be awsome.

If I don't watch it, will Tom kill me? (shakes with fear)

This is good news! Television seriously suffers from lack of zombies.

Oh I cannot wait for this. October cannot come soon enough.
This is going to kick some serious arse.

If it's not in black and white, I won't cry. But my lip will go all trembly and I'll have trouble talking. I can't remember the last time I've been excited about television. I'll have to ask the wife how to work the thing now.

Do Want. Absolutely Do Want.

walking dead is my favorite comic. this is going to be awesome.

Goddess I hope it's in black and white...

Two things :-

1) This is awesome. TWD is one of the most compelling plot and character driven comics around, the cliffhangers are bottomless pits of straight the frack down past the earths core and out the other side. I am so looking forwards to this. Whos playing who cause Glenns awesome :D Also Michonne better not be some Beyonce wannabe need a proper woman ;D

2) Converted to TV, made by screenwriters (Surely the lowest form of life), actors (I stand corrected) and corpocracy (OK I was wrong). The amount of drama reliant on death, dismemberment and deviance might be a touch too much. However if Dexter and Breaking Bad can do it mebbe just mebbe it wont be neutered and nerfed.

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Just like to remind you lot that a zombie TV series was tried and it SUCKED!!

This makes it a happy panda. I was borrowing the trades from a friend, but he moved away before he finished buying/reading them all.

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