Written by John Squires
Like every zombie-themed movie and TV series ever made, The Walking Dead owes a huge debt to George Romero, the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie as we know it. Romero has made no secret of the fact that he’s not a fan of the series, and now he’s bringing his own to AMC.
We learned earlier this year that Romero’s 15-issue comic series Empire of the Dead, which launched last January and wrapped up this past summer, was set for a small screen adaptation, though at the time a network wasn’t attached. In an interview with WHAS 11, artist Arthur Suydam just spilled the beans.
“[Empire of the Dead] just got signed to AMC. The new big zombie series on AMC is expected to be this one right here,” Suydam told the outlet.
George Romero both created and wrote the Marvel Comics mini-series, and he’ll reportedly be co-writing and executive producing the upcoming TV series. Empire of the Dead is set in New York City years after a zombie plague, when vampires are ready to claim what’s left of Earth. Yes, zombies AND vampires.
If all works out as planned, Empire of the Dead will be the third zombie series on AMC, joining The Walking Dead and spinoff Fear the Walking Dead. Too much? Not enough? Sound off below!