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Discussing the Walking Dead on the Small Screen

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by: David Pinckney

This year production starts for AMC's adaptation of Robert Kirkman's zombie epic, “The Walking Dead”. As the year progress we will get more and more information on the project, but all we can do now is speculate. What will they take from the series? What will they omit? Who's going to be writing it? Lot's of questions that we hope to have answered soon but for now we can only discuss it.

Walking Dead AMCWhat will the television series have in store for us? For me personally, I'd hope they can get as close as they can to the comic which seems like the obvious statement but with movies like Wanted and V for Vendetta that are far from its literary counter part, I feel that it is something that is hoped for not necessarily guaranteed. If you read my pervious article “The Walking Dead: Why You Should Read It” then you know that drama in my opinion, plays a very heavy role in the overall story. As I am still hoping for the same element of drama, we should hope that it's not too over done as now we have actors delivering the lines instead of text bubbles. We've all seen shows where an actor/actress can make or break a scene. With this blend of drama and action, we have to believe that AMC can cast stars that can handle the delicate balance of the two.

This isn't the first time that a comic book as been turned into a television series. Recently, Human Target was turned into a FOX television show, but the most prevalent comic to television show there is on currently would have to be Smallville. Smallville has had a pretty successful run as it is getting through its ninth season and was confirmed for a tenth. While the show is good, Smallville seems to play out as the Ultimate Universe (for lack of a better word) of the DC Universe. Is this what we will get from AMC in terms of The Walking Dead? Do you think that there will be some obvious differences that fans will either accept or reject as a whole. We all have to admit to ourselves that there will be some differences from the comic compared to the television show, but how different? My guess, is we are going to get something that will please most of us, but we'd have to take other parts with a grain of salt. Adaptations never seem to completely hit its mark.

Now the question is, how can they show The Walking Dead? The comic isn't 100% television friendly. The censorship of the show could in fact harm the delivery of some of the scenes. This comic wasn't made just to show off all its blood and gore, but these elements made it feel more real. How much of this can really be shown and if censored in some fashion, can we hope that it doesn't hurt it too much? In conjunction of delivery, are we going to get it in black and white? My hope and my guess is yes. If they keep it black and white it will still have that dark and old feeling to it that really keeps readers in the mindset of the comic. With the show being black and white, it will have about the same effect on the viewer. Also, let's remember that this is a television show and AMC is going to try its best to please both the comic reader and the average television watcher. This means that if they feel that a television series will be received better in color then they may end up doing it in color. But let's also remember that AMC isn't afraid of putting on shows and movies in black and white so really the decision and speculation is completely up in the air for now.Walking Dead AMC

The hardest part for this show will be the zombies. Zombies are defiantly the most crucial part of the comic but when it comes to television and movies, zombies sometimes fall a little short. I'm hoping with the amount of zombies that are in The Walking Dead that the budget allows them to do their best. They could use computer generated zombies but that seems like it may be an odd touch to have CG in a show like this.

Overall, I am very excited to see what AMC does with The Walking Dead and I do have faith that they will do a great job. Shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, are proof that AMC can do excellent work which I am sure will translate into their upcoming project. Although we aren't sure when we will be able to watch it, we do know that filming for the pilot episode will begin in a few months so the wait can't be that much longer.

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