THE WALKING DEAD Ordered To Series, And A New Casting Rumor

Last week saw news of Jon Bernthal's casting as Officer Shane, now Bloody Digusting is reporting that the show's lead character, Officer Rick Grimes, has a frontrunner; Johnny Lee Miller, recently seen as the lead on ABC's Eli Stone. Not unlike Jon Hamm on Mad Men or Bryan Cranston on Breaking Bad, the lead will be central to the chemistry and success of the show.

More big news as AMC has ordered The Walking Dead to series order prior to the pilot's filming based on Frank Darabont's strong vision for the show, with a proposed October premiere.

AMC has given a series greenlight to "The Walking Dead," the Frank Darabont-helmed adaptation of the Image Comics series by Robert Kirkman.

AMC has ordered a total of six episodes of the series that revolves around a group of survivors of a zombie apocalypse. Darabont penned and directed the pilot and will exec produce with Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Motion Pictures and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion, which will be funded entirely inhouse by AMC parent Rainbow Media. Charles Eglee, a seasoned TV drama showrunner, has also boarded the project as an exec producer

"Dead" is targeted to preem in October, dovetailing with Halloween and AMC's annual "Fearfest" two-week marathon of horror and thriller pics.


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