CBS isn’t the first network we think of when it comes to horror programming, but word has come that in addition to “BrainDead,” heading our way in the summer of 2016, now we have an adaptation of Stefan Petrucha’s zombie bestseller Dead Mann Walking to potentially look forward to.
Per THR, CBS is looking to put a new twist on the cop drama trope by teaming with “Continuum” creator Simon Barry for “Dead Mann Walking,” a drama that takes place in the near future. It revolves around a police detective who had been executed for murdering his wife; he takes a miracle drug and is brought back to life as a “second-class citizen,” working as a private investigator while looking for his wife’s real killer.
Barry is writing the script and will executive produce the CBS Television Studios entry alongside Stephen Hegyes via their Reality Distortion Field banner.
While the CBS series stops short of confirming that “second-class citizens” are zombies, the book describes its lead, Hessius Mann, as being among the town’s “pulse-challenged population.”
After Hessius Mann was convicted of his wife’s murder, suppressed evidence came to light, and the verdict was overturned–too bad he was already executed. But thanks to the miracles of modern science, Hessius was brought back to life… sort of.
Now that he’s joined the ranks of Fort Hammer’s pulse-challenged population, Hessius attempts to make a “living” as a private investigator. But when a missing persons case leads to a few zombies cut to pieces, Hessius starts thinking that someone’s giving him the run-around–and it’s not like he’s in any condition to make a quick getaway…