Nerdbastards has been covering the shit out of AMCs’ upcoming ‘The Walking Dead’ series.  Why shouldn’t we be? It’s a live action series based on one of the best comic-book series of the last decade. A zombie apocalypse story that’s not about Zombies popping out of no where to give us a good scare or an excuse to exercise cliched Zombie killers. No, it’s a rich, smart, character driven story about what happens when a group of people are forced to survive in a world ruled by the dead. It’s filled with great moments of suspense, psychological terror and gut wrenching loss. The highly acclaimed series by writer Robert Kirkman was destined to make good TV. And, who else to give us a live-action adaptation than AMC? The channel that has brought us the best television shows of the last 10 years, Breaking Bad and Mad-Men. So, excuse us if we are a little siked.

Now, we know that Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption, Blade Runner) is in charge of the premier episode (another reason we are super excited about this). He wrote the adaptive screen play and is set to direct. However, after the first episode we did not know what other creative talent would helm the remaining 5 of the 6 episode season. It’s been said the each episode of the series will have a guest director and writer. Well,thanks to aintitcoolnews we now have confirmation of this.

Directors for the first 6 episodes:

1) Frank Darabont (The Mist, The Shawshank Redemption)
2) Michelle MacLaren (“Breaking Bad,” “X-Files”)
3) Gwyneth Horder-Payton (“The Shield,” “BSG”)
4) Johan Renck (“Breaking Bad”)
5) Ernest Dickerson (“The Wire,” “Dexter”)
6) Guy Ferland (“The Shield,” “Sons of Anarchy”)

Writers for the first 6 episodes:

1) Frank Darabont (The Mist, The Shawshank Redemption)
2) Frank Darabont (The Mist, The Shawshank Redemption)
3) Frank Darabont (The Mist, The Shawshank Redemption), Chic Eglee, Jack LoGuidice. (Chic: “The Shield,” “Dexter.” Jack: “Sons of Anarchy”)
4) Robert Kirkman (writer of the comic series)
5) Glen Mazzara (“The Shield,” “Hawthorne”)
6) Adam Fierro (“The Shield,” “Dexter,” “24”)

Wow! AMC isn’t playing around. This is some serious writing and directing talent. Their TV cred is proof of that.

The series is set to kick-off in October during AMCs’ freight fest. Oi! October can’t roll around soon enough.

The Walking Dead is about people coming together to survive and the story follows a Kentucky police officer, Rick Grimes, and his family along with a bunch of other survivors who work together in resistance of the world that’s been overrun with zombies. The first season will consist of 6 episodes. One for each comic volume.

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