Zombies have been all the rage on the big screen for a decade or so now, but so far the ranks of the shambling undead haven’t found equal time on television. Looks like that’s about to change in a big way, because Variety reports that Frank Darabont is in talks to write and direct a series adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comics for AMC.

This is great news for fans of the excellent comics, not only because of the involvement of talented power players like Darabont and producer Gale Anne Hurd, but because an ongoing TV series probably has a better shot at doing the comics justice. The Walking Dead focuses on a rotating group of survivors fighting to stay alive in a zombie-infested world. As a movie, Walking Dead might struggle to differentiate itself from every other zombie movie, especially amongst moviegoers who don’t know anything about the comics. On the TV landscape, however, Walking Dead can stake out territory all its own, and the extended format of a TV series will allow Darabont and any other series writers to examine the hopelessness of day-to-day survival in a world overrun with brain-eating undead assholes.

This is now my single most anticipated TV project, right next the A Game of Thrones series HBO is developing.

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