Robert Kirkman, Norman Reedus, And Djimon Hounsou Go Sci-Fi In Air

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KirkmanRobert Kirkman is best known as the creator and writer of The Walking Dead, the popular zombie comics that he helped AMC turn into an even bigger smash television show. While we talk a lot about walking corpses, especially The Walking Dead, we have to admit that we’re pretty stoked to hear that Kirkman is taking a turn into harder, more straight up science fiction. There’s still the proposed Walking Dead spinoff in the works, but in the meantime, Kirkman is going turning his attention to the sci-fi thriller Air, and he’s bringing along a familiar face.

Heat Vision reports that, not being satisfied with ruling the airwaves, Kirkman is going to produce Air, with Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou in the headliner slots. Christian Cantamessa, who was the designer for videogames like Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas co-wrote the script with Chris Pasetto. The only other credit on Pasetto’s resume is a short called How I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse, but he is still going to make his directorial debut on what is said to be a very low-budget affair. Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment, an ever growing little business, what with various comics and television programs in the works, will produce the picture, and Sony is already in negotiations to snap up the distribution rights.


The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman On How Aliens Figured Into The Comic’s Origins (Yes, Aliens)

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KirkmanAMC’s The Walking Dead has taken pop culture by storm, a subject of water-cooler buzz in the vein of Lost or The X-Files. Hell, they’re even doing another TV spinoff. If you’d told me just a few years back that the channel that gave us Mad Men was going to air a critically acclaimed, highly successful series about the zombie apocalypse, I would have laughed in your face, and then probably asked what the hell you were doing in my house. But it turns out, none of that might have happened without one bold, bald-faced lie.

The Hollywood Reporter has posted an exclusive clip from the upcoming documentary Comics in Focus: The Image Revolution, in which Kirkman talks about how difficult it was to get a publisher behind his idea for The Walking Dead. In the interview, he says, “When I pitched [it] originally, it was turned down, simply because there had never been a successful zombie book in the history of comics.” Image publishers Eric Stephenson and Jim Valentino were skeptical. Why should they gamble on something that had never worked before on the comics page? They wanted a hook, something to make The Walking Dead stand out in an overcrowded genre.

So Kirkman sold them aliens.


The Walking Dead Season Finale Promises Double-Digit Deaths

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As someone who isn’t as wooed by AMC’s The Walking Dead as others, this third season has been its most impressive stretch yet, and contained a couple of the better hours of TV so far in 2013. But almost more enjoyable than the show itself is the fact that the creative team behind the series seem to finally understand the criticisms that the show has received since its premiere, and they’re dedicated to changing things. More on that in a bit.

The third season finale is this Sunday night, and “Twenty-seven people die,” according to Andrew Lincoln in a Rolling Stone story. “It’s safe to say it is all hands to pumps. It’s a crazy season finale.”

Twenty-seven people is quite a handful, even for this show of ragtag non-regulars who populate backgrounds. Chances are, most of them will come from the Woodbury side of things, and there’s probably a cheat happening somewhere, involving a flashback to before the outbreak, when a group of people get in a car wreck or something. One of Rick Grimes’ Prison Gang will probably take a shanking as well. I daresay Herschel, after falling down a time or two, will be one of the unlucky bunch. Should next season take them past the prison, I don’t see this group waiting around for his bumbling ass.

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