AMC and Frank Darabont to Adapt The Walking Dead

Zombies, zombies, zombies. Funny zombies. Fast-running zombies. Slow-moving zombies. Zombie pets, zombie wives, zombie girls in basements. Everywhere you look, there are zombies. As a fan of the genre, who counts Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” as one of my favorite movies of all time, even I’m beginning to get a little sick of all the zombie stuff coming out now, mostly because a lot of them are so un-zombie-like. The latest: a zombie TV series on AMC from Frank Darabont.

According to Variety, “The Shawshank Redemption” director is close to finalizing a deal to adapt the comic book “The Walking Dead” into a TV series for basic cable network AMC. The series was created and written by Robert Kirkman for Image Comics.

I’ve actually read the first 10 or so issues of the comic book, and it’s pretty good stuff. I haven’t been following up, but from I recall, the series takes place in a post-zombie world, and followed a cop who was in a hospital (sort of like “28 Days Later”) who wakes up to find that zombies have overrun the world. He has to search out his wife in the aftermath.

Here’s a better description from Wikipedia:

The Walking Dead is centered around Rick, a small-town police officer from Cynthiana, Kentucky, his family, and a number of other survivors who have banded together in order to survive after the world is overrun with zombies. As the series progresses, the characters become more developed, and their personalities shift under the stress of a zombie apocalypse. Fighting growing despair — and sometimes each other — the group searches for a secure location which they can finally call home.

What’s next: Meryl Streep in a remake of “Night of the Living Dead”?

Zombies. Can't live with them, gotta shoot them in the head.

Zombies. Can't live with them, gotta shoot them in the head.