Why haven’t I read any issues of The Walking Dead yet? It’s quite absurd, really. Any self-respecting zombie aficionado such as myself knows about the comics, loves them. Recommends them to their close-eyed friends who laugh their words off and go watch those Real Housewives. I don’t watch Real Housewives, ever, but I’m just as guilty, though. The Walking Dead is a survival-amongst-the-living-dead series, a character development first/zombie violence second enterprise that’s celebrated and ongoing, ten installments in and one more on tap for December. Which is the reason why I’ve been so leery—-Who has the time to read ten comic books, let alone pay for them all?
What dumbass logic. A) I could sit down in Borders and/or Barnes & Noble and read them without dropping coin, and B) I’m busy, yes, but I’m no Obama. Time is readily available if I so choose to utilize. So, you bet, I’m on the verge of making an extended visit to my local chain bookstore to dive into Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. I’d be lying, however, if I said that general interest is the true catalyst here. The credit should be fully awarded to news wires, all reporting today that the great Frank Darabont will soon be writing and directing a miniseries for cable TV based on The Walking Dead, most likely for the AMC Network.
From the thoughts of Joel Stillerman, AMC’s senior VP of programming:
“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.“
If you paid me to come up with any filmmaker better suited for such material, I’d have to chin-check you and then run off with the money, without working for it. Darabont is without a doubt this material’s best life-giver; he’s shown how amazingly he handles human interest pieces (see The Shawshank Redemption), but most importantly he’s great at bringing genuine horror and brutality that’s both effectively creepy and non-exploitative (the still-unappreciated-and-that-pisses-me-off The Mist). I’m not a betting man, but I’d be willing to place a $-heavy wager that his The Walking Dead will own the airwaves, whenever it’s ready to play.
As you’re reading this (all 12 of you), I’ll be seated somewhere in the Route 17-located Barnes & Noble, set to crack open The Walking Dead #5.
News spotted over at: Bloody Disgusting