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AMC Greenlights "Walking Dead"
« on: January 20, 2010, 09:02:12 PM »
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AMC has greenlite "The Walking Dead," based on Robert Kirkman's popular comic about survivors of a zombie apocalypse.

Frank Darabont ("The Mist," "The Green Mile") is writing and directing the series, with Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Motion Pictures and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion executive producing along with Darabont and Kirkman.

"The Walking Dead" follows a police office who leads his family and a group of survivors across the country in search of a safe home.

"Working with people like Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd is the right way in for us to deliver a project of distinction in this genre," Charlie Collier said, president of AMC.

"When I heard that Darabont was interested in doing it a long, long time ago, I was just ecstatic," Kirkman said in a 2009 interview with MTV. "For me, 'The Walking Dead' is not necessarily a horror thing. It's not all about the shocks. It's about characters and all of that dramatic nonsense. And Darabont does that better than anybody."

Image Comics has published 11 volumes of "The Walking Dead" since 2003.



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Re: AMC Greenlights "Walking Dead"
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2010, 09:04:47 PM »
http://splashpage.mtv.com/2010/01/20/amc-orders-pilot-for-the-walking-dead-tv-series/

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"The Walking Dead" television series took a big step forward today with the announcement that AMC has ordered a pilot for the adaptation of Robert Kirkman's post-apocalyptic drama.

According to an official statement from the network, the "Walking Dead" pilot will go into production in the second quarter of 2010. Kirkman will serve as executive producer on the "Walking Dead" series alongside Frank Darabont ("The Shawshank Redemption," "The Mist"), who will also write and direct the pilot.

A pilot was also ordered for AMC's adaptation of "The Killing," based on the Danish series “Forbrydelsen."

“The Walking Dead and The Killing are alone in their class in terms of the quality of the storytelling. Both have remarkable talent behind them, and present that rare opportunity to raise the bar significantly within a genre. It is a very exciting next step in our continuing commitment to presenting smart, sophisticated storytelling with broad appeal,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s senior vice president of original programming, production and digital content.

Plans for a "Walking Dead" TV series were first announced in August 2009. MTV News spoke with Kirkman at length about the "Walking Dead" series, Darabont's involvement and how it will compare to the comics in September.

"I think it will be 100-percent true to the tone of the series, but at the same time it will be an entertaining, secondary way of experiencing "The Walking Dead" in a completely different light, so I'm excited," he said.

Keep it locked to Splash Page for more "Walking Dead" TV series news as it develops.

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Official press release text follows:

AMC ORDERS TWO PILOTS, BUILDING ON NETWORK’S ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING STRATEGY

Pilot Order For THE WALKING DEAD
Based on the Comic Book Series by Robert Kirkman

Pilot Order For THE KILLING
Adapted from the Danish Series “Forbrydelsen”

New York, NY - January 20, 2010 - AMC announced today two pilot orders for The Walking Dead and The Killing. Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead, has been in publication since October 2003 and is one of the most celebrated contemporary genre comics. The Killing is based on the wildly successful Danish series “Forbrydelsen.” Both pilots go into production in second quarter 2010. Today’s announcement marks the fourth and fifth pilot orders from AMC. The first three pilots developed were Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Rubicon, which all led to full series orders. Today’s announcement comes on the heels of AMC becoming the only network, in television history, to win three consecutive (2008, 2009, 2010) Golden Globe Awards for Best Dramatic Series for Mad Men.

“In a short time AMC has become known for telling the best stories on television. Today’s announcement underscores the network’s commitment to working with the premier talent in the industry and further supports AMC’s commitment to being the home for premium television on basic cable,” said Charlie Collier, president and general manager of AMC.

“The Walking Dead and The Killing are alone in their class in terms of the quality of the storytelling. Both have remarkable talent behind them, and present that rare opportunity to raise the bar significantly within a genre. It is a very exciting next step in our continuing commitment to presenting smart, sophisticated storytelling with broad appeal,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s senior vice president of original programming, production and digital content.

Previously announced as a project in development, Robert Kirkman has signed on to serve as an executive producer on The Walking Dead and three-time Academy Award nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) has signed on to write, direct and executive produce. Valhalla Motion Pictures has signed on as the production company to produce the series with its Chairman, Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk) to executive produce. David Alpert from Circle of Confusion has also signed on as executive producer.

Written and executive produced by Veena Sud (Cold Case) The Killing is a drama series based on the murder of a young girl that then prompts a major police investigation. From Fox Television Studios, The Killing is executive produced by Mikkel Bondesen (Burn Notice) from Fuse Entertainment. Fuse’s Kristen Campo is also a co-producer.

About The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The comic goes on to explore the challenges of life in a world overrun by zombies who take a toll on the survivors, and sometimes the interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to their continuing survival than the zombies that roam the country. Over time, the characters are changed by the constant exposure to death and some grow willing to do anything to survive.

About The Killing

The Killing ties together three distinct stories by a single murder and as the detectives assigned to the case disagree about the best course of action, they chase down a variety of leads and suspects. Along the way there are major repercussions for the victim’s family, the detectives, the suspects, and the local politicians connected to the case. It is an exploration of Seattle politics; a unique portrayal of a victim’s grieving family, and a study of the personal life of a cop. There are no accidents in The Killing. Everyone has a secret, and while our characters think they’ve moved on, their past isn’t done with them.

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Re: AMC Greenlights "Walking Dead"
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2010, 09:20:41 PM »
HELL YEAH! ;D

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Re: AMC Greenlights "Walking Dead"
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2010, 09:22:06 PM »
Ya my buddy texted me with this just moments ago and I immediately confirmed and posted it!  :D

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Re: AMC Greenlights "Walking Dead"
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2010, 02:52:08 PM »

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Re: AMC Greenlights "Walking Dead"
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2010, 03:59:15 PM »
This looks awesome!  AMC did a really good job with breaking bad.  This looks like another hit.  But isnt this a complete rip off of that 28 days movie.  The guy wakes up alone in the hospitol...I'm just saying.

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Re: AMC Greenlights "Walking Dead"
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2010, 04:19:43 PM »
that was good!   looks good.

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Re: AMC Greenlights "Walking Dead"
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2010, 05:07:23 PM »
This looks awesome!  AMC did a really good job with breaking bad.  This looks like another hit.  But isnt this a complete rip off of that 28 days movie.  The guy wakes up alone in the hospitol...I'm just saying.
No, not in the least, do yourself a favor and read the graphic novel. It's actually far more about humanity than it is about zombies.

Though it might be a bit cliche for someone to wake up in a hospital in a zombie film, 28 days not being the first by a long shot, the rest of this series should be far from cliche.

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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2010, 04:24:58 PM »
why is nobody posting on here about why this is possibly the best show on tv right now?

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Re: The Walking Dead
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2010, 04:28:50 PM »
there might be a thread about this... let me check.. and yes.. GREAT show so far.    can't believe there's only like 2 left or something.

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Re: AMC Greenlights "Walking Dead"
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2010, 01:49:32 AM »
Excellent show, if I'm not mistaken they got picked up for another 13 episodes last I checked. What I find remarkably interesting is how different major events are in the show than in the book but the themes are identical.

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Re: AMC Greenlights "Walking Dead"
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2011, 07:07:56 PM »
Can't wait for season 2
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Re: AMC Greenlights "Walking Dead"
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2011, 09:16:23 PM »
I ment to watch this but never did, going to have to pick up the DVD's.

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Re: AMC Greenlights "Walking Dead"
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Re: AMC Greenlights "Walking Dead"
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Comic-Con: Watch The Walking Dead Season 2 Trailer!
The new official trailer debuted at Comic-Con and it. Is. Epic! Plus, news on Michonne, Tyreese and The Governor.
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After one of the longest lines that I've ever been a part of at Comic-Con (the Ballroom 20 "Lineageddon") AMC held a Q&A panel for their ferociously great series - based on Robert Kirkman's tragic comic books - The Walking Dead. Producers Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd were on hand along with cast members Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jon Bernthal, Steven Yeun, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, and Norman Reedus.

The big draw here, aside from the cast, was the debut of the official Season 2 trailer – which is totally badass! It's nothing at all like that single zombie-killing scene that aired with the Breaking Bad premiere. This was epic. The words "The End of Civilization Was Just the Beginning" really hit home. Plus, there's a nice shot of Hershel's farm at the end! Check it out...






Season 2 of The Walking Dead premieres on Sunday, October 16th at 9pm!

This trailer went over so well that they played it twice for the stoked crowd on hand. The Q&A panel that followed was a bit of a love-fest. This show, in just six episodes has gained a very rabid following. Kirk man himself wanted to thank AMC for taking a risk on a zombie show. "You gotta hand it to AMC for being a network with a vision to try something this crazy," he said. He then continued by saying that he never thought his comic series would become a TV show. "I was kind of the mind that it would never ever be a television show. Because it is so dark. The idea of the show is that people get eaten and torn apart."

So we can all see some of the things that await us in Season 2 from the trailer – and that's good because Darabont, Hurd and Kirkman were all very tight-lipped about it. Kirkman did say that the stakes are definitely raised. "There's a bit of pressure," he said. "There's an expectation now. It's just made everyone work harder. It's empowered us to try harder. To cross more lines, to tell bigger stories, knowing that there is a rabid fanbase out there." When a fan asked who the producers would cast as the possibly upcoming comic book characters Tyreese, The Governor and Michonne, Kirkman made a joke by saying "Ed O'Neill, Ed O'Neill and Ed O'Neill." He then laughed and said that it's a good thing he doesn't do the casting because he'd just cast actors he liked and wanted to hang out with.

Check out IGN's Exclusive First Look at the Walking Dead Season 2 poster!



Darabont however had a tiny but exciting remark about the casting question: "We are actually having those conversations as we speak." So. Pretty exciting news for those of us who were worried some characters might get left out. Also, there's no time jump here. Darabont said that the premiere "picks up about five seconds, in an overlap, with the end of the first season. So there's none of this bulls*** six months later stuff!"

Check out IGN's Exclusive Look at the official Walking Dead Board Game, now being demoed at Comic-Con!



The cast had nothing but amazing things to say about their experience working on the show. "Dude, I get to run around with a crossbow and shoot zombies in the brain," Reedus said. "It's so badass." The very British Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, also had kind words. "It's the greatest job I've ever been involved in and it keeps getting better and better," he said. Jeffrey DeMunn, who plays Dale and who'd never experienced a Comic-Con Ballroom 20-sized crowd before, said that the job was too irresistible to refuse. "I was working on another job," he said. "Frank [Darabont] called me up and said 'Jeff, how would you like to come to Atlanta and kill zombies?'"


http://tv.ign.com/articles/118/1183649p1.html

To my knowledge, they're simply toying with the idea of introducing characters Tyreese, Mechonne, and The Governor, the later two being of significant importance as those who have read the books would already know. To those who have not read the books, FUCKING DO IT!!!! If you happen to be illiterate... well... just lemme tell ya, you're mind will be fucking blown if they introduce Mechonne/The Governor.