The ratings boon that is AMC’s The Walking Dead isn’t enough for Robert Kirkman, the comic book writer and executive producer behind the zombie hit. He is preparing to bring a new series to the network based on another one of his graphic novels called Thief of Thieves. Per Deadline, this new comic “centers on master thief Conrad Paulson who, while attempting to reconcile with his estranged wife and son, vows to walk the straight and narrow, only to discover he’s completely addicted to the thrill of stealing. Now he must feed his addiction by stealing only what has been stolen, as the “Thief of Thieves.”
Says Kirkman: “Much like The Walking Dead brought horror to television in a unique and groundbreaking way, I feel Thief of Thieves can do the same thing for heist stories, showing the humanity of all the characters, including the criminals.” Unlike The Walking Dead, Theif of Thieves is “going to be very grounded in the real world,” Kirkman spilled to EW. “No zombies, no space aliens, no superheroes. It’s just going to be real human characters doing somewhat horrible things to each other.”
Kirkman will executive produce alongside fellow Walking Dead collaborators Charles Eglee (The Shield, Dexter) and David Alpert. If AMC picks up the show, Eglee will also serve as showrunner. More as this story develops.
I have not anticipated the premiere of a new fall TV series like this in quite some time. The Walking Dead, the famed comic book series from Robert Kirkman that follows a band of survivors in a zombie-infested world, is being adapted to the small screen with executive producer/director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) at the helm. I have attempted to hook you in from the start–reporting cast additions, production stills, and behind-the-scenes looks from the set. Today the four-and-a-half minute trailer, originally screened at Comic Con in July, has hit the ‘Net and boy does it impress. If nothing caught your attention in the past surrounding the development of the AMC series, this will. In it you will meet Rick Grimes, a man who gets shots and wakes up after a prolonged period of time in a hospital to find his home infiltrated by a hoard of flesh-hungry zombies. Said zombies look horrifyingly spectacular thanks to makeup/special FX extraordinaire Greg Nicotero. I implore you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the first in-depth peek at The Walking Dead.
We’ve been told that The Walking Dead would premiere in October sometime during AMC’s Fearfest schedule, which will include 14 consecutive days of horror-themed programming. Today THR reports that the zombie series will premiere on Halloween night, Sunday October 31 at 10:00PM ET. If you’re planning on spending the night trick-or-treating, don’t forget to set your DVR! The pilot episode, written and directed by Darabont, will run 90 minutes long.
Locke & Key, a comic book series written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez and published by IDW Publishing, follows three teenage brothers, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke, who move to a Massachusetts mansion where they find the mystical Ghost Door which grants them powers, including the ability to separate his spirit from body and to transport between different worlds. The modern (2008-present) comic book is about to undergo a transformation with some HUGE names at the helm. A few months back, writers Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman (Fringe, Star Trek, Transformers) were approached to write a screenplay for a movie adaptation of the series. After much speculation, Vulture breaks news that the series will be adapted for television. In addition to Orci & Kurtzman, Steven Spielberg will serve as executive producer (via DreamWorks TV) and Josh Friedman, who was the showrunner of the dearly missed Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, will write and exec produce. Oh and you knnow Joe Hill, the writer of the comic book? He just happens to be Steven King’s son. 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks TV will back the venture. Now the wait begins to see which network is willing to scoop up all this talent and greenlight the production process.