Meet Rick Grimes

AMC has released their first image of actor Andrew Lincoln playing protagonist Rick Grimes in the upcoming live action Walking Dead series, based on the beloved Image zombie comic.  Of course, I doubt we’ll be seeing any images of the actual zombies until much closer to the October debut.  (See edit below).  As of now, the show has been greenlit for six episodes.

Personally, I’m as cautious with this one as I am with pretty much all comic-based TV series (Lois & Clark notwithstanding).  Walking Dead is one hell of a comic to try to bring onto the small screen, and if it gets picked up for more episodes, I question how closely a cable network can stay to the overly violent comic.  Remember that this is a comic where people get offed quite frequently in overly violent means.  It also has the gruesome deaths of a number of small children.  Of course, I recall seeing episodes of Harper’s Island and questioning how bloody they could go – and that was on network television – so I suppose this will be just fine.

I expect the six episodes to cover the book’s first arc in which Rick meets up with people outside of Atlanta.  No spoilers here, my friend.  Go read the book, if you haven’t already.

EDIT: Well look at this.  Someone went and leaked a picture from the set!

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2 comments

  1. Actually, some photos of zombies have been around for a couple weeks now. (http://blogs.amctv.com/the-walking-dead/) The makeup & effects for the show are being done by Academy Award winning effects makeup artist Greg Nicotero. His resume includes movies like the original Dawn of the Dead, Army of Darkness, Sin City, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe just to name a few. He’s done a few movies with George A. Romero, so the man knows his zombies.

    It’s being written & directed by Frank Darabont, the guy who directed The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. AMC’s other original series, Mad Men & Breaking Bad have more than a few Golden Globes and Emmy’s between them. Honestly, I expect nothing but good things from this series.

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