Frank Darabont is delving back into the horror genre, but this time Stephen King is nowhere in sight. Having made his bones adapting some of the scare master’s most respected work (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist), Darabont will serve as writer, director and executive producer of a new series for AMC based on The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman’s acclaimed comic book series about survivors of a zombie apocalypse.
“Robert Kirkman has created a world in The Walking Dead with real characters, real human emotion, and great stories that paint a very smart, sophisticated, and layered picture. In that respect, this is the quintessential AMC version of a property like this, and I think that is what makes these books resonate for so many people,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s SVP of original programming, production and digital content. “To have world-class filmmakers like Frank Darabont and [executive producer] Gale Anne Hurd bring this to life here is brilliant.”
And if AMC is game for a cool crossover, perhaps Bryan Cranston can show up as Walt White after the Breaking Bad character’s illness runs its course.