Darabont to adapt Walking Dead comic for AMC TV

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist filmmaker Frank Darabont will adapt Robert Kirkman's and Tony Moore's zombie apocalypse comic book The Walking Dead as a series for cable TV outlet AMC, Variety reports.

The comic book, known for its high mortality rate among principal and secondary characters and its focus on the psychological states of its protagonists, concerns small-town cop Rick Grimes' attempt to lead and protect a small band of survivors in a world overrun with zombies.

Darabont will be teaming up on the project with producer Gale Anne Hurd, who is no stranger to comic book adaptations, with Virus and two incarnations each of the Punisher and the Hulk under her belt. Hurd is also currently Top Cow's comic book heroine The Magdalena to the screen.