Back in August we first reported that AMC was looking at bringing Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead to a television near you. I am now happy to report that a pilot for the show has been given a greenlight. Image has announced that the series by Kirkman and Charlie Adlard will be brought to life.
The series made its debut in 2003 and the 69th issue will be in stores next week. The Walking Dead is a 32-page black and white comic that's priced at $2.99. The plans for the AMC adaption is to closely follow the storylines in the monthly comic.
"THE WALKING DEAD's road to the small screen has been a long one, but so far it's looking like the best of all worlds," creator and writer Robert Kirkman said. "Given AMC's track record with shows like 'Madmen' and 'Breaking Bad,' combined with Frank Darabont writing and directing, I couldn't possibly be more excited for this to come together. Having the pilot greenlit is a huge leap forward to this becoming a reality."
While it sounds like the series is moving forward, we can see that only the pilot episode has been greenlit. Hopefully it's just a formality and the actual series will continue as well. When I first heard the series was being planned at AMC, I was a little surprised. But the channel has been proving itself with its recent shows. Do you think the show will be successful on television? Who do you think should be cast as the lead character, Rick Grimes?