Only days after its first bit of pilot casting news hit, and it looks as though AMC’s adaptation of Rober Kirkman’s Image Comics series “The Walking Dead” will definitely hit the cable channel next fall. The Hollywood Reporter has first word that the network has officially picked up the Frank Darabont-helmed zombie show with a six-episode commitment to air in October as part of AMC’s annual Fearfest horror marathon.
Joining the production ranks along with Kirkman, Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd will be “Dexter” producer Charles “Chic” Eglee, the trade reports, and along with the news of the pickup came this quote from AMC:
“AMC strives to make original shows that play like movies and ‘The Walking Dead’ is a perfect complement to the network’s celebrated movie franchise, Fearfest, which has always been an important destination for our audience,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. “With its depth of story and the remarkable talent attached, The Walking Dead gives us an opportunity to raise the bar significantly within this popular genre, and continue our commitment to being the home of premium programming on basic cable.”
Check out The Hollywood Reporter for the full scoop and be sure to keep it locked to CBR for more “Walking Dead” TV news as it becomes available.