Ever since THE WALKING DEAD comic book series first hit store shelves several years ago, fans have held out hope that the property would one day be adapted into an on-going cable series. The story of former police officer Rick Grimes waking from a coma to find a desolate world over-run by zombies & his quest to find his missing wife and son plays out like an old-school Romero flick without a definitive end. It has since become the quintessential zombie book and amassed a huge cult following amongst comic collector’s and casual readers alike.
Thankfully, AMC is producing a six-episode first season based on the first story arc of the comics with three-time Academy Award-nominee Frank Darabont writing, directing and producing! Considering how close Darabont has stuck with the source material in his adaptations of Stephen King’s properties, this is cause for fan’s to celebrate. KNB FX is providing the zombies and judging from the pictures AMC just released, they’re sticking closely to the drawings of original WALKING DEAD artist Tony Moore. Andrew Lincoln stars as Rick Grimes with Jon Bernthal, Linds Edwards, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yeun, Addy Miller and THE MIST alumni Jeffrey DeMunn and Laurie Holden rounding out the cast.
There’s no official air date set yet, but you can expect THE WALKING DEAD sometime this fall. In the meantime, check out this video interview with Frank Darabont, followed by a few tasty pics of the ghouls from the series!