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Frank Darabont Takes On The Walking Dead For AMC

The cable channel might be delivering zombie action for our enjoyment.

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This could be really cool.  Variety has reported that Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead just might be getting an ongoing television series.  Cable channel, AMC is close to finalizing a deal for Frank Darabont (The Mist, The Shawshank Redemption, Tales From The Crypt) to write and direct a series adaption of the comic.
The Walking Dead deals with Kentucky sheriff Rick Grimes who awakens in a hospital to find the world full of the undead.  While in search of his wife and son, he soon leads a group of survivors trying to find a safe place to live.  The series has been going on for over sixty issues now.
Joel Stillerman, AMC's senior veep of programming, production and original content had this to say:

This is not about zombies popping out of closets. 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.

AMC also hosts an annual "Fear Fest" movie showcase at Halloween time which is one of their most popular events during the year.  Stillerman says they have the audience for this.
Do you read The Walking Dead?  Do you think it's a right fit for AMC?  Are you going to check it out when it's on (no premiere date since the deal is still being finalyzed).  I can't wait for this to begin.