Like an undead corpse risen from the grave, Frank Darabont’s script for the AMC WALKING DEAD pilot is out there and shuffling through the night.
Reviews have started popping up for the script adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s smash hit Image series. One, by Patrick Sauriol of Coming Attractions, is in the positive, while another, by Latino Review’s anonymous informant Pinche Taco, is quite harshly in the negative. So it appears your mileage will vary when and if this show makes it to your screen.
Check out the two reviews, which are both in-depth, and you’ll get an unusual point-and-counterpoint on the script. I think these two would make an interesting duo to replace Ebert & Roeper on AT THE MOVIES (or whomever they actually have hosting the show, now. I haven’t been keeping up on my Sunday morning syndication).
From the sounds of both reviews, the script’s pretty faithful to the first couple issues of the comic, which isn’t too surprising to me. When the AMC pilot was announced a while back, I figured it was a good fit. WALKING DEAD’s got a slow-burn pace and a heavy emphasis on character interactions that both work well for a serialized program on the tube. Both reviews bring up the last question - - and it’s a sanguine one - - regarding how will AMC handle the requisite zombie gore on an ad-supported show?
So it’s CIVIL WAR all over again, Comic Vine community. Whose side are you on? Which reviewer do you want to trust more?
-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics. Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.