Wraparound cover of The Walking Dead #50.
  • Wraparound cover of The Walking Dead #50.

In the 8,000-page-long letters sections at the back the zombie comic The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard, a standard refrain is that the book should be adapted for an HBO series. Looks like Dead fans might be getting their wish—albeit on AMC rather than HBO. Says The Hollywood Reporter:

In its biggest development deal to date, AMC has acquired the rights to Robert Kirkman's popular comic book The Walking Dead for a potential series.

Frank Darabont is on board to write, direct and exec produce the project, with Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Pictures and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion also executive producing....

Dead chronicles the months and years following a zombie apocalypse where a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, travel in search of a safe, secure home. The comic explores the challenges of life in a world overrun by zombies that take a toll on the survivors. Over time, they grow willing to do anything to survive, so the interpersonal conflicts sometimes present a greater danger to their continuing survival than the zombies who roam the country.

I used to read The Walking Dead religiously—but a year or two, ago I started to get bored and dropped it, figuring I'd pick it up in trades to see if it had regained any of its initial punch. (I had the same reaction to Kirkman's Invincible, actually, which I thought started out fucking amazing, but then started to lag.) Still, regardless of its lulls, Dead is a book filled with some great characters and some brilliant ideas (holing up in a prison to hide out from zombies? fantastic!), and if Darabont handles the material right—and the pulp horror of The Mist indicates he will—Dead's premise could be an incredibly solid one for a TV series. And since it's going to AMC, that means only one thing: MAD MEN CROSSOVER.

If you're interested, you can read the first issue of The Walking Dead for free right here.