Back in May, we learned that horror icon George Romero was working on adapting his Marvel comic-book series Empire of the Dead for TV. Now we know where the series may have landed.
The news kinda/sorta broke during Wizard World Louisville over the weekend, when zombie artist Arthur Suydam (he provides the covers for the comic) told a local news station that he’d just finished work on the comic-book series and that “This [Empire of the Dead] just got signed by AMC, so it's going to be the next big zombie series on AMC.” The artist was holding a copy of the comic when he made the statement.
Set in New York City, the story takes place years after the undead plague broke out, with survivors having to face not only zombies, but also some good old-fashioned bloodsucking vamps!! Here’s the official synopsis for the first issue of the Marvel title, George Romero’s Empire of the Dead: Act One:
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.
It sure sounds like crazy stuff, does it not?
AMC is already the home of zombie TV series juggernaut The Walking Dead and its spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead. So if they’ve really nabbed Romero’s Empire of the Dead on top of that, then this is one heck of a coup. But will it be one zombie series too many for the network?
Empire of the Dead picks up some plot threads from Romero's original 1968 zombie movie Night of the Living Dead, which is now in the public domain. There’s another comic book set in the same world titled Z-Men that’s recently been optioned for the big screen by Lionsgate. One thing is for sure, this is truly the golden age of the shuffling undead.
What do you think about George Romero’s Empire of the Dead TV series possibly heading to AMC?
UPDATE: According to an AMC representative, Suydam's remark is "totally erroneous," so we seem to be back at square one with this series.
(via Comic Book)