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George A. Romero's 'Empire of the Dead' Comic Series Shambles Over to Television

 

George A. Romero, known for iconic zombie flicks like "Night of the Living Dead" and "Dawn of the Dead," is shuffling over to the small screen with "Empire of the Dead," his 15-issue comic series from Marvel Comics.

According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Demarest -- the company behind "A Most Wanted Man" and Kevin Smith's "Tusk" -- announced its plans to adapt the comic for television on Thursday at Cannes. Romero and frequent collaborator Peter Grunwald are on board to pen the script.

The comic takes place within the world of Romero's original zombie apocalypse from "Night of the Living Dead," except that -- this time around -- there are a whole lot more vampires involved.

Romero and Grunwald will executive produce alongside Demarest partners Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson.

"Demarest is thrilled to bring more of George’s unique vision to screens everywhere, because he’s truly the one who started it all," Eglebardt said in a statement. "I am also particularly pleased to be collaborating with George and Peter again, following our success with 'Diary of the Dead.'"

The production is currently seeking a network.

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