AMC Orders Up Six Episodes of The Walking Dead

Two stories on Frank Darabont’s adaptation of The Walking Dead for AMC in one day? It feels like Christmas, no? Okay thus far we know that Jon Bernthal will be playing Shane, we know that Jonny Lee Miller is the frontrunner to play Rick, and we know that KNB will be handling the zombie F/X. And now a bit more info has come our way!

According to The Hollywood Reporter AMC has ordered half a dozen episodes, thus far making it the network’s fourth original series.

AMC strives to make original shows that play like movies, and ‘The Walking Dead’ is a perfect complement to the network’s celebrated movie franchise Fearfest, which has always been an important destination for our audience,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. “With its depth of story and the remarkable talent attached, The Walking Dead gives us an opportunity to raise the bar significantly within this popular genre and continue our commitment to being the home of premium programming on basic cable.

The series is set to begin production in June in Atlanta. It’s targeted for an October release to coincide with Halloween and AMC’s annual “Fearfest” two-week marathon of horror and thriller pics.

The Walking Dead is based on Robert Kirkman’s popular comic series. It chronicles the months and years following a zombie apocalypse. Frank Darabont is the project’s writer, director, and exec producer with Anne Hurd and David Alpert also exec producing.

Look for more very soon, and if you haven’t begun reading this tale yet, click below, order, and get started like yesterday. You’ll be thanking us later.

Start Date Set for The Walking Dead Pilot

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  • Terminal

    Yeah only six episodes sounds like they’re confident but hesitant. Not a good sign. I don’t expect this series to follow the comic beat by beat, but I hope it sticks very very closely.
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • The Buz

      The pilot is basically the first few issues. There’s a few added character stuff to stretch out running time, but other than that, it’s beat for beat.

      • Terminal

        I’ll believe it when I see it. Anything can happen between now and then.
        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • The Buz

    Reading the pilot script right now (by Darabont). Trust me, I don’t think it will need 6 episodes to hit it stride. It hits it in the pilot.

  • NoCalMike

    So does this mean 6 plus a pilot. Or The Pilot episode, and then 5 episodes to follow?

  • Vanvance1

    Just 6? Come on AMC, it takes that long for a show to even hit it’s stride. Lets up the order to a baker’s dozen.