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Frank Darabont's Walking Dead show skips pilot, goes right to series

03.29.2010

Filmmaker Frank Darabont (THE MIST, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION ) has been hard at work developing the popular ongoing Image comic THE WALKING DEAD as a potential series for cable channel AMC. While the network initially greenlit a pilot, they've since changed their mind... and pushed a full order into the pipe.

AMC has given a six episode commitment so far to the show, written and directed by Darabont and produced by Gale Anne Hurd (ALIENS, T2). The show begins production in June in Atlanta and will premiere during AMC's horror marathon Fearfest in October. Jon Bernthal ("The Pacific") is the only actor officially linked to the show at this point, but casting should roll out soon.

Robert Kirkman's bleak book is set in a post-apocalyptic zombie-populated world, and follows a revolving group of survivors led by a former policeman. The despondent humans try to find food, shelter and some small indication of hope while avoiding the flesh-craving hordes. The cinematic series is perhaps best known for how these remaining people interact, and how regular characters are shockingly dispatched without warning.

THE WALKING DEAD joins AMC's edgy acclaimed shows "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad", plus the upcoming new series "Rubicon", which stars James Badge Dale (THE DEPARTED, "The Pacific") as "an analyst at a national think tank who discovers that his employers may be part of a secret society that manipulates world events on a grand scale."

Extra Tidbit: While the book's zombie carnage might be better suited to a premium cable channel like HBO, I'm not too concerned about what they'll get away with on AMC after witnessing Danny Trejo's decapitated head explode on "Breaking Bad".
Source: THR

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4:37PM on 03/30/2010

Hopefully better than....

The Prisoner...

That remake was terrible. I gave it a shot because I do like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, but that was definitly a miss for AMC.
The Prisoner...

That remake was terrible. I gave it a shot because I do like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, but that was definitly a miss for AMC.
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2:19PM on 03/30/2010

SPOILER WARNING!!

As much as I appreciated the article and news of this awesome sounding series, I really really could have done without the extra tidbit that spoiled a plot detail of my favorite show of all time. I love this site and visit it a dozen times a day. Usually, it's spoiler free. Please please please remember that not everyone is caught up on Breaking Bad or any other show for that matter. If I'd known this was a Breaking Bad article I wouldn't have even read it. You're all fanboys. I'm sure
As much as I appreciated the article and news of this awesome sounding series, I really really could have done without the extra tidbit that spoiled a plot detail of my favorite show of all time. I love this site and visit it a dozen times a day. Usually, it's spoiler free. Please please please remember that not everyone is caught up on Breaking Bad or any other show for that matter. If I'd known this was a Breaking Bad article I wouldn't have even read it. You're all fanboys. I'm sure you can understand my frustration.
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3:47PM on 03/30/2010
That episode originally aired almost a year ago. I'd say the statute of limitations for spoiler warnings is well past. Catching up is your own responsiblity -- especially for a show you call your favorite of all time.

Also, Bruce Willis was a ghost the whole time.
That episode originally aired almost a year ago. I'd say the statute of limitations for spoiler warnings is well past. Catching up is your own responsiblity -- especially for a show you call your favorite of all time.

Also, Bruce Willis was a ghost the whole time.
1:25PM on 03/30/2010
The Walking Dead is one of the best comic books out there. Also one of the best zombie survival stories ever. I can't wait.
The Walking Dead is one of the best comic books out there. Also one of the best zombie survival stories ever. I can't wait.
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10:26AM on 03/30/2010

Rick Grimes

Is going to be Johnny Lee Miller according to Bloody Disgusting. Apparently he's in "final talks" to sign on. I'm still hoping for Mark Pellegrino. Anyone who has been on Lost, Dexter and in The Big Lebowski gets my vote twice!
Is going to be Johnny Lee Miller according to Bloody Disgusting. Apparently he's in "final talks" to sign on. I'm still hoping for Mark Pellegrino. Anyone who has been on Lost, Dexter and in The Big Lebowski gets my vote twice!
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10:12AM on 03/30/2010

Some things...

1) Unless they find a way to reverse the aging process, child actors will make a long-running series difficult.
2) This Bernthal guy looks a helluva lot like Shane.
3) I second Peter Krause, but he has Parenthood and everything I've read says it's between Apollo from BSG and Jacob from LOST.
4) Haven't seen Breaking Bad yet but now I know not to get too attached to Danny Trejo's character...
1) Unless they find a way to reverse the aging process, child actors will make a long-running series difficult.
2) This Bernthal guy looks a helluva lot like Shane.
3) I second Peter Krause, but he has Parenthood and everything I've read says it's between Apollo from BSG and Jacob from LOST.
4) Haven't seen Breaking Bad yet but now I know not to get too attached to Danny Trejo's character...
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10:22AM on 03/30/2010
According to Bloody Disgusting Johnny Lee Miller is in "Final Talks" to star as Rick Grimes. I too have full faith AMC can pull of the carnage necessary after seeing that epsiode of Breaking Bad with Danny Trejo. AMC continues to have the best dramas on TV right now. Let's hope The Walking Dead can keep up the tradition!
According to Bloody Disgusting Johnny Lee Miller is in "Final Talks" to star as Rick Grimes. I too have full faith AMC can pull of the carnage necessary after seeing that epsiode of Breaking Bad with Danny Trejo. AMC continues to have the best dramas on TV right now. Let's hope The Walking Dead can keep up the tradition!
10:31AM on 03/30/2010
Eli Stone?!? He looks the part but can he even grow facial hair?
Eli Stone?!? He looks the part but can he even grow facial hair?
10:06AM on 03/30/2010
Can't freaking wait. October is going to be a great month.
Can't freaking wait. October is going to be a great month.
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9:34AM on 03/30/2010

When can start setting my Tivo?

Sadly I've only purchased the first volume of this series, but maybe I should put in another amazon order.
Sadly I've only purchased the first volume of this series, but maybe I should put in another amazon order.
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8:33AM on 03/30/2010

coulda had...

Vincent Chase starring thanks or no thanks to Josh Weinstein :)
Vincent Chase starring thanks or no thanks to Josh Weinstein :)
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4:49AM on 03/30/2010

I'll go ahead and get it started...

and suggest Peter Krause for the role of Rick.
and suggest Peter Krause for the role of Rick.
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2:38AM on 03/30/2010
I hope this turns out well. I love the series.
I hope this turns out well. I love the series.
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12:10AM on 03/30/2010
I am VERY much looking forward to this. On another note I just saw the first TV SPot for Knight and Day on the History Channel of all places and it kicked ass. There were like 3 new scenes in it and it was looking very solid. (just thought I'd add that)
I am VERY much looking forward to this. On another note I just saw the first TV SPot for Knight and Day on the History Channel of all places and it kicked ass. There were like 3 new scenes in it and it was looking very solid. (just thought I'd add that)
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11:39PM on 03/29/2010
I have enjoyed everything that Darabont has made so I am looking forward to this.
I have enjoyed everything that Darabont has made so I am looking forward to this.
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