Dave Erickson (Fear the Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy) will team “…with Lucifer executive producer Sheri Elwood to develop the novel as an hourlong drama series for AMC, where Erickson is under an overall deal. Erickson and Elwood will executive produce with Cronenberg, who also may direct. Cronenberg’s longtime collaborator Robert Lantos of Serendipity Point, which produced Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, will also executive produce.”
In celebration of the kickoff of this summer’s San Diego Comic Con, AMC released new promotional artwork for both of its popular The Walking Dead franchises. The artwork for Season Eight of The Walking Dead reveals that the show will return to the airwaves on October 22nd, 2017… just in time for Halloween! The episode will also mark the 100th episode of the series. You can view the entire image by clicking the header above this article.
In addition to the Season Eight reveal, AMC has released special poster artwork for Fear The Walking Dead, which will return with new episodes on September 10th, 2017. You can view the image below: read more
Patty Jenkins, the critically-acclaimed director of Monster and Wonder Woman is attached to an upcoming horror project for AMC’s horror/thriller/suspense streaming service, Shudder. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins will work on a project entitled Riprore.
This announcement comes with the incredible news surrounding the critical success and financial performance of Wonder Woman. The film is currently the third highest critically rated superhero film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes. It also dominated the box office this weekend, quickly becoming the highest grossing movie opening ever directed by a woman. Better yet, recent returns show the film will have legs at the multiplex… it earned nearly $12 million on Monday alone. To put that into perspective, Doctor Strange (another origin film for a superhero character) earned about $6 million on it’s first Monday at the box office, and just a couple of weeks ago Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 earned $9.8 million on it’s first Monday. This kind of critical and financial performance will undoubtedly make Jenkins one of the most in-demand directors working in Hollywood… which makes it all the more exciting that she will be returning to the kind of dark content she is known for with 2003’s Monster! read more
AMC has released a 1980’s style infomercial that introduces viewers to Fear the Walking Dead Season Three’s villain Russell Otto (portrayed by Dayton Callie).
The video profiles the “…founders of a survivalist organization who prepared for the fall of democracy, but didn’t anticipate the rise of the dead.”
Fear the Walking Dead returns this weekend (June 4th at 9:00 p.m.) with two back-to-back episodes and according to the official press release “The first half of the AMC Studios production will consist of eight episodes airing over six weeks, with two back-to-back episodes on Sunday 4 June and a mid-season finale of two back-to-back episodes airing on 9 July.” The series will return for its second half in late August or September. read more
Fans of the supernatural horror thriller NOS4A2 may soon see the pages of the popular novel come to life on the small screen. According to Deadline, AMC has opened writers’ rooms for three projects being earmarked for straight-to-series orders and the book by Joe Hill is reportedly one of them. Fear the Walking Dead‘s Jami O’Brien has been tapped to executive produce the series, who will also employ Hill in the same capacity. Though no further details have been provided, this is a positive sign for those awaiting an adaptation of the 2013 best-seller. read more
AMC has good news for pop culture fans who like watching shows about people talking about watching shows! The network is aware of the tremendous popularity of Chris Hardwick’s Talking Dead, a show that reflects on individual episodes of The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead, and it plans to expand the format to all of pop culture.
Variety reports that AMC plans to expand the series so that it can run episodes of the hour long show on Sunday nights at 11:00pm even when everyone’s favorite zombie show is off the air. Entitled simply, Talking, the show will feature pop culture guests who are not necessarily related to The Walking Dead universe. The plan is to air Talking Dead when a Walking Dead show is running new episodes, and to air Talking when there are no new Walking Dead episodes airing. read more
AMC released the Neilsen Live+3 ratings for the mid-season return of The Walking Dead Season Seven via a press release today and reported a total of 15.9 million viewers for the episode. This is a substantial increase over the most recent season seven episodes, which averaged just over 10.5 million viewers.
Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. stated that,“Whether you consider The Walking Dead a survivor or an empire, it is gratifying to see the show return with such a big bang, and not just in theory – ratings increases from December’s finale in an environment in which growth, when measured and reported, can feel like something of a stranger thing.” read more
If The Walking Dead’s Season Seven tag-line was “We’re just Getting Started”, my question is: when is this season going to actually start?
After a brutal first episode (and an even longer “Who Shot J.R.?” cliff hanger to end season six), I thought that the show would begin doing what in the past it did best: making viewers feel connected to Rick Grimes’ “band of brothers” and bringing real drama into the lives of the survivors that allowed for character development and real (not contrived) drama. So far, this season has been one long first episode, hitting the same notes that were abundantly displayed in Season Six’s final episode and this season’s first. read more
The Walking Dead super-villain Negan may soon be lugging some new hardware that will make even Lucille jealous. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who portrays the charismatic skull-crusher on the hit AMC series, was nominated for “Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series” for the upcoming Critics’ Choice Awards. After the nomination was announced, Morgan’s network employers tweeted out their support, complete with a baseball bat emoji.
Since first appearing in the final episode of season 6, Morgan’s character Negan has literally taken the undead world by storm. Bashing brains and taking names (and Daryls), Morgan has portrayed the role with a brilliant sense of charm and cruelty, effectively blurring the lines between the television and comic versions of the Saviors’ leader. The Broadcast Film Critics Association & the Broadcast Television Journalists Association obviously agree, as on November 14th they placed Morgan in the same company as Hollywood heavyweights Ellen Burstyn (House of Cards), Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife), and Jared Harris (The Crown).
The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards will air on A&E live on December 11 at 8PM ET (5 PM PT.) Good luck to Mr. Morgan! read more
As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Preacher co-creator and artist Steve Dillon is dead at 54 years old.
Dillon’s untimely passing came as a shock to many in the comic community and is even more tragic due to the recent success of AMC’s Preacher series. Entertainment Weekly quoted DC Entertainment Group Editor Marie Javins saying that “His name, along with writer Garth Ennis, is practically synonymous with Preacher,” said in a statement obtained by EW. “But I know him as a lovable wisecracker who enjoyed New York, and could always be depended on to deliver a sly remark. Steve had a great sense of humor; it’s fitting his last work for DC was a cover of a tin foil Dogwelder. To the rest of the world, he’s a giant among creators and artists. He will be missed by us all here at DC and Vertigo.” read more