The rumors of AMC putting the zombie graphic novel The Walking Dead into production have been floating around for quite some time. However, what’s also interesting is that AMC has simultaneously greenlit a detective series, based on a Danish television show.
There isn’t much more news from when we first heard director Frank Darabont was adapting Robert Kirkman’s zombie series back in August, but if they are ordering a pilot, then chances are AMC will also be order a 13-episode season. To think there could actually be a horrifying zombie story on television.
The other pilot is called The Killing, wherein a single murder connects three distinct stories. The premise sounds fairly ordinary, but I’m sure AMC will do something different with it, either stylish noir, gritty realism, anything so that it doesn’t resemble other detective shows on tv.
“’The Walking Dead’ and ‘The Killing’ are alone in their class in terms of the quality of the storytelling,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s senior vice president of original programming, production and digital content, in a press release issued by the network. “Both have remarkable talent behind them, and present that rare opportunity to raise the bar significantly within a genre. It is a very exciting next step in our continuing commitment to presenting smart, sophisticated storytelling with broad appeal.”