Darabont shambles to AMC for The Walking Dead

Rumors that The Walking Dead, the immensely popular comic created by Robert Kirkman with art by Tony Moore followed by Charlie Adlard, was on its way to becoming a TV series have been around for a while. The rumors gained a lot of momentum when Variety announced that Frank Darabont is near a deal to write and direct an adaptation for AMC.

Joel Stillerman, AMC’s senior veep of programming, production and original content, said the project appealed to the cabler because of “the quality of the storytelling” in Kirkman’s work. The series will stay faithful to the tone of the original novels, he said.

“This is not about zombies popping out of closets,” Stillerman said. “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.”

The deal is said to be quite lucrative for Darabont and producing partner Gale Ann Hurd.


  1. John Dominguez says

    Finally! I guess the dream was to have HBO pick it up, but lets hope AMC gets it out!

  2. eyvind earle says

    HBO was picking it up with Guillermo del Toro to direct. Kirkman’s manager fucked up the deal for hm. Avoid CIRCLE OF CONFUSION MANAGEMENT FIRM if you are a comic creator.

  3. The Beat says

    Eyvind, but would del Toro EVER have time to direct it? The guy is signed up through 2020.

  4. Shucky says

    @eyvind – Who SHOULD he have used then for management? All management firms have plus and minuses over time.

  5. says

    Well, it’s ABOUT TIME! I’m thrilled to hear this is going to happen. AMC is putting together some amazing TV.

  6. eyvind earle says

    –> The Beat- He was planning on directing it just before the Hobbit. So you think because no one will let Darabont direct a feature he’s a good idea? Pshaw!

    –> Shucky- Circle focuses on taking advantage of Comics Creators. They don’t need Management- notice how the sick manager forced himself on to the show as a producer!? They need good lawyers. Circle should be avoided by all they are bad people.

    –> Russell- it’s a development deal. NBC dumped it because Darabont’s script sucks. All of a sudden he’s gonna get better or something?

  7. michael says

    AMC?!? Are they doing original series’ now? O.o

    But, this should be good, hopefully they can get the funds to make this as it should be.

  8. Ronson says

    Eyvind- Very interesting take on this “Circle of Confusion”. I think it’s very hard for creators to navigate around all the various hollywood types to figure out who is good or bad.

  9. Caged Wisdom says

    michael – AMC already has two of the best original series being produced out there right now – Mad Men and Breaking Bad. If you’re not watching them both already you need to load up your Netflix queue and set aside a couple of weekends. You will -not- be sorry.

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