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post Aug 12 2009, 04:38 PM
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AMC has emerged victorious in an apparent bidding war to bring Robert Kirkman's acclaimed comic series 'The Walking Dead' to TV, according to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Frank Darabont ('The Mist', 'The Green Mile') is on board to write and direct the planned TV series.

Gale Anne Hurd ('The Incredible Hulk') of Valhalla Motion Pictures and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion are exective producers.

AMC senior vice president of programming says the TV series will reamain true to the storylines presented in the comics. If you haven't read the books (and please, do yourself a favore and pick up the trades or the newly published omnibus) the story follows the advent a Romero-esque zombie plague and a group of survivors lead by police officer Rick Grimes. The series focuses on the human conflicts as the characters band together, or battle one another, to cling to survival.

"This is not about zombies popping out of closets," Stillerman told Variety. "This is a story about survival, and the dynamics of what happens when a group is forced to survive under these circumstances. The world (in 'Walking Dead') is portrayed in a smart, sophisticated way."

"I don't know of another series of books that has such beautiful storytelling, great human emotions and everything that really works on AMC," Stillerman said in a separate statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "It allows us to stay where we want to stay: in the world of smart, sophisticated storytelling and apply that to a show that we think the audience would love."

Stillerman hopes to position the show among AMC's recent acclaimed series 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad'.

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HELL YES! It's an awesome comic series that should translate well onto the small screen.

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