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!