This one could be really good. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118007161.html?categoryid=14&cs=1  Frank Darabont circles zombies AMC attacks comic series adaptation By CYNTHIA LITTLETON AMC is venturing into zombie-drama territory with multi-hyphenate Frank Darabont. Cabler is close to finalizing one of the richest development deals ever with Darabont to write and direct a series adaptation of the Image Comics graphic novel series "The Walking Dead," penned by Robert Kirkman. Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Motion Pictures and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion are also on board to exec produce. Project is set among a group of zombie survivors of an apocalypse who are led by a police officer, Rick Grimes, in search of a safe place to live. Numerous editions of the "Walking Dead" graphic novels have been published since 2003. Joel Stillerman, AMCs senior veep of programming, production and original content, said the project appealed to the cabler because of "the quality of the storytelling" in Kirkmans work. The series will stay faithful to the tone of the original novels, he said. "This is not about zombies popping out of closets," Stillerman said. "This is a story about survival, and the dynamics of what happens when a group is forced to survive under these circumstances. The world (in Walking Dead) is portrayed in a smart, sophisticated way." Stillerman noted that the cablers annual "Fear Fest" movie showcase around Halloween is one of AMCs most popular programming events of the year. "Weve got an audience that loves this kind of material," he said. Darabont and Hurd pitched the project to AMC and several other outlets. There is no studio attached yet. The duos involvement made the project a must-have for the cabler, Stillerman said. "These are two world-class filmmakers who are also brilliant storytellers with experience in the fantasy genre," he said. Links: ------  http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118007161.html?categoryid=14&cs=1
If you are sad as I am that BREAKING BAD is coming to a close in just a few short weeks, then this news should be a bright spot in your cloudy day: AMC has officially greenlit the pilot for the spin-off series BETTER CALL SAUL starring Bob Odenkirk! Deadline says the show will take place before Saul Goodman's introduction in the second season of BREAKING BAD and will not be as dark as the acclaimed series. It will also be an hour-long rather than a traditional thirty minute sitcom. This opens the door for the show to explore all sorts of seedy criminal elements from the New Mexico setting that has been the home for all five seasons of BREAKING BAD. Goodman was originally created as comic relief but has since been involved in some of the darker scenes in the series. Creator Vince Gilligan had this to say about the spin-off last year: The fact that the show is a prequel leaves the character's fate ambiguous leading into the final episodes of BREAKING BAD, but whatever happens it is nice to know the universe inhabited by these characters will carry on. Expect more news as BREAKING BAD comes to an end.