One of the most exciting horror developments of 2009 was news that AMC wanted to do a series based on Robert Kirkman's amazing zombie comic series The Walking Dead. That news alone would have been enough to make my fanboy heart explode in joy, but then they revealed that Frank Darabont was going to write, direct, and executive produce. That was like full-on nerdgasm here at Casa de Bracken.

THR's Heat Vision Blog is now reporting that AMC has ordered a pilot for the show--which is a huge step on the road to becoming a full-fledged series (AMC's track record with pilots turning into a regular series is an astounding 100% according to the article).

Kirkman seems pleased about how the project is shaping up, witnessed by these comments from the press release.

"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.

Given AMC's track record, combined with Frank Darabont writing and directing, I couldn't possibly be more excited for this to come together. Having the pilot green-lit is a huge leap forward to this becoming a reality."

The series follows former cop Rick Grimes and a band of fellow survivors as they seek a safe haven in the wake of the zombie apocalypse. It chronicles their struggle to stay alive in a world where man isn't the apex predator anymore and possesses a surprising amount of depth and character development. When your snarky friends tell you comics are silly, hand them a copy of The Walking Dead (or Y: The Last Man for that matter) and watch them change their tune.Here's to hoping Darabont and company can capture the magic of the comics and bring it to the small screen.
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