A long time ago, I would have almost wet myself at the thought of a TV series coming from George Romero himself, but his last two zombie efforts were, respectively, middling and downright terrible, plus, as I mentioned in my review for the [okayish] Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse, I’m tiring a little of our undead friends. I’m obviously in the minority though, as their popularity shows little sign of stopping. The TV channel AMC’s The Walking Dead continues to be a success, and has spawned not one but two spinoff series, Talking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. Now, it seems that AMC could be producing yet another series about zombies.
Romero wrote a 15-issue comic series called Empire Of The Dead which ran from January 2014 through August 2015. It took place in a post-zombie outbreak New York City and, while featuring some of the expected elements also brought in things like vampires [shades of the thrice-filmed Richard Matheson book The Last Man On Earth maybe?]. Earlier this year production company Demarest announced plans to adapt Romero’s comics into a TV series. Romero and Peter Grunwald would write and executive produce the series, while Demarest’s Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson would also executive produce. Nothing else was heard about it untl the other day when, while speaking to WHAS11 via Bleeding Cool at Wizard World Comic Con in Louisville, Empire of the Dead artist Arthur Suydam said:
“The series that I just finished up for Marvel Comics as a matter of fact, so this is me and George Romero… it just got signed to AMC. This is going to be the new big zombie series on AMC, it’s expected to be this one right here”.
Of course this isn’t in any way concrete proof that it will happen, but my betting is that it will indeed go ahead.
Here’s the synopsis for the first issue, from Marvel Comics:
ZOMBIE GODFATHER GEORGE ROMERO UNLEASHES HIS NEXT UNDEAD EPIC AS AN ALL-NEW MARVEL COMIC! Welcome to New York City years after the undead plague has erupted- but just because Manhattan has been quarantined, don’t think that everyone inside is safe! Not only do flesh-eaters roam within Manhattan, but there’s another ancient predator about to take a bite out of the Big Apple! Plus – It’s a terrorizing team-up in variant cover form when the Zombie Godfather unites with the Zombie King – Arthur Suydam!