The Hollywood Reporter, er, reported that Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic is headed to AMC.
But wait, there's more...
Frank Darabont (yes, THAT Frank Darabont) will be writing, directing AND Executive Producing the series.
THIS... this is great news.
As someone who's read the first few books of this series, I can say that this is a perfect fit all-around.
As a fan of Mad Men (yes, it's true... I actually watch non-horror stuff too...) I believe AMC to be a network that appreciates good writing and great character development... of which The Walking Dead has both.
AMC also gets kudos for being one of the few channels that regularly schedules Halloween-themed programming every year. Their FearFest horror movie line-up, though not always filled with winners, is consistent and "shows effort"-- as my elementary school report card used to say.
And on top of that, you've got Frank Darabont who has dipped his toe in the horror genre on more than one occasion. The Mist, Tales from the Crypt episodes, The Fly 2, The Blob remake and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 all give this guy horror street cred. Then throw in his ability to make you care about characters in such human dramas as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile and this is really adding up to the show to watch when it hits the air.
For those who don't know, if I had to summarize The Walking Dead in a sentence it would be "A human drama set in a world where the dead have risen."
Some may be turned off by this description, but I'm telling you: if you like zombies and you haven't read this series yet... get on board.
Here, I'll make it easy on you: Links are below to the trade paperbacks.
Buy. Read. Enjoy.
Thank me later.