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Pilot Ordered for Comic Series The Walking Dead

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Pilot Ordered for Comic Series The Walking Dead

One of the television developments from last year that garnered attention from horror fans was the news that the AMC network wanted to create a series based on Robert Kirkman’s zombie comic series The Walking Dead. The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision Blog has now announced that the network has ordered a pilot for the show, which almost certainly guarantees that the show will be picked up to become a full series. AMC claims it has a 100 percent track record of turning every pilot it picks up into a series.

Interest in the series also grew when it was announced that Frank Darabont, who has directed such Stephen King-based films as ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’ ‘The Green Mile’ and ‘The Mist,’ would write, direct and executive produce the series. The comic follows former cop Rick Grimes and his fellow survivors who are trying to find a safe place to live after a zombie apocalypse.

In a press release about the comic’s imminent pick-up as a series, Kirkman stated “The Walking Dead’s road to the small screen has been a long one, but so far it’s looking like the best of all worlds. Given AMC’s track record, combined with (Frank) Darabont writing and directing, I couldn’t possibly be more excited for this to come together. Having the pilot green-lit is a huge leap forward to this becoming a reality.”

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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