Good news for fans of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead series, AMC has given the green light to begin production on the pilot episode of the television series.

Frank Darabont penned the adaptation and is on board to direct. Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Motion Pictures and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion will exec produce with Darabont.

Back in August the news that AMC had picked up the television rights to the series sent a surge of positive support Kirkman’s way, and I can only imagine this news has zombie fans even more excited about making sure their cable provider has the cable channel in its lineup.

No word on an air date yet, but I’m guessing we’ll see something pop up in the fall lineup.

via Variety

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  1. Greg A
    January 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm — Reply

    It’ll be interesting to see if the pilot gets picked up, especially if MTV does release their Dawn of the Dead television show. Can television, even cable television, survive the zombie onslaught?

  2. astrodinosaurus
    January 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm — Reply

    If this came out 2 years ago it would have been major..and timely. Now I don’t know if it will work. Which is to bad since TV is the perfect outlet for some PA Zombie goodness.

    • January 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm — Reply

      Why would it not work? Walking Dead is one of Image’s most successful on-going books right now and the world is still on a Zombie fix. Just ask the people who played Left 4 Dead 2 or saw Zombieville.

      • astrodinosaurus
        January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm — Reply

        I love Kirkman and I love zombies. BUT the undead are loosing their popularity, once again making them geek-couture. And a TV show needs the love of the masses to prosper. If they announced something along the lines of a Zombieland TV show maybe the younger demographic would flock to it…But I’m thinking something like TWD will scare people away. Its dark, depressing and everything a PA Zombie show should be. But most people as of late are getting used to their undead with a side of laughs… chocolate helicopter, Bill Murray..etc etc.

        The world has been on a Post-Apocalyptic(and Zombie) binge and I don’t think it will last much longer. Kirkman and Company need something to hook people with cause “Jericho with Zombies” or “28 somethings later.. the series” wont appeal to that many nowadays.

        • theSuperAlbino
          January 20, 2010 at 9:19 pm — Reply

          But, other than zombies, The Walking Dead is unlike any other Post-Apocalyptic/Zombie concept before it. Mainly because it doesn’t focus on the zombies, it focuses on the people around the zombies and the terrible things they must endure. AMC is the best basic cable outlet for this show, they can get away with tons and if they make it in B&W they can show much more blood. I think if the show gets the tone down it will be a hit.

      • Dan Hunter
        January 21, 2010 at 1:39 am — Reply

        Hello, I’m the average joe on the street. I play left 4 dead and left 4 dead 2. I have seen Zombieland and I would be interested in The Walking Dead TV show.

  3. January 21, 2010 at 2:01 am — Reply

    I’m very excited to see that the pilot got the OK. Hopefully we’ll start to hear bits about casting and the creative process. Darabont did have The Mist in black and white on DVD, so maybe there’s a chance that he’d want to keep the same aesthetic as the books. It’d be odd to see Rick Grimes in full color.

  4. January 21, 2010 at 8:10 am — Reply

    The idea of this excites me a great deal. If they give it the love it deserves, it could be amazing.

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