Robert Kirkman is slowly turning into his own Stan Lee. His most famous comic, The Walking Dead, centering on the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, is one of cable TV’s highest-rated dramas and is about to go into its 7th season on AMC. The supernatural horror story Outcast focusing on demonic possession is about to start its second season on Cinemax this month. His production company Skybound Entertainment which has produced both TV show as well as other projects, including a remake of An American Werewolf in London. And it looks like they aren’t slowing down anytime soon as another one of his properties is being adapted, this time for the big screen.
Robert Kirkman is the creator of The Walking Dead, Invincible, Super Dinosaur, and Thief of Thieves. He recently released the 100th issue of The Walking Dead for Image Comics, and is presently at work on the 3rd season AMC’s The Walking Dead, for which he serves as a writer and an executive producer. He is also developing Thief of Thieves for the network.
While at San Diego Comic Con yesterday morning, our Steven Sautter had a chance to sit down for an exclusive one on one interview with Mr. Kirkman. During the interview they talked about the progress of the Thief of Thieves TV adaptation, the reason why the most beloved characters meet the most brutal of ends in The Walking Dead universe, the future of The Walking Dead, and what Kirkman thinks about non-creator owned comic books and the “corporate entities” behind them.
So Thief of Thieves, congratulations on the pickup — how far away are we from seeing it on the screen?
Robert Kirkman: It’s very much in the early stages right now — we’re in pilot development, which means that we are working on developing the script for a pilot. That is the absolute first stage after something is brought into a network to be developed. Right now I’m working with Chic Eglee and we’re mapping out what the series is going to be and what parts of the comics we’re going to use.
And you’re going to act as a show runner or producer?
Kirkman: Well I’m not a show runner, because that is work and I do not like doing work. No, I’ll be an executive producer and I’ll be writing on the show and all that kind of stuff. Chic Eglee will be the show runner and he’s writing the pilot and it will be his show. You know, in much the same way that Glen Mazzara is the show runner of The Walking Dead. But you know, I’m in the writers room full time and I’m able to say don’t put lasers in the zombies eyes.
Our first glimpse of the superhero known as Invincible is of him flying across a wintry landscape, carrying a humanoid body with a bomb in its chest. He hurls the body into mid air and the bomb detonates. Presumably, we’ve just watched him save someone or something from explosion.
On the very next page we see him sitting on the toilet while his mother yells at him to get out of the bathroom.
The “kid learns he has superpowers” story wasn’t a new thing when creators Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and Cory Walker brought Invincible to Image Comics in the early 2000s, but rarely has a version of that tale been told with such humor and originality. Invincible #1 is just a small blip of the tale that Kirkman, Walker and artist Ryan Ottley would come to create, but it’s enough to get you hooked.