Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead has been a gigantic hit for AMC. Easily the biggest series on the network along with Mad Men and Breaking Bad, the zombie drama has a loyal fanbase that has brought plenty of ratings records this past second season. So, it only seems normal that the network would continue their working relationship with Kirkman, who is hard at work developing the third season of The Walking Dead. Now, they're looking to adapt another comic from Kirkman's publisher Image Comics to hopefully become another hit series.
AMC has revealed (via Deadline) that they're putting in development in an adaptation of Kirkman's comic Thief of Thieves, which would bring a heist drama to the highly acclaimed network. Kirkman said that "Much like The Walking Dead brought horror to television in a unique and groundbreaking way, I feel Thief of Thieves can do the same thing for heist stories, showing the humanity of all the characters, including the criminals."
The comic revolves around "master thief Conrad Paulson who, while attempting to reconcile with his estranged wife and son, vows to walk the straight and narrow, only to discover he’s completely addicted to the thrill of stealing. Now he must feed his addiction by stealing only what has been stolen." The showrunner for the potential new series would be Chic Eglee, who executive produces The Walking Dead with Kirkman, and also wrote the anticipated comic-to-TV adaptation Powers.
Currently, Thief to Thieves is only on issue #4 of a first story arc written by Nick Spencer, with artist Shawn Martinbrough. The series is in publication over at Image Comics, which Kirkman is one of the five partners of. It's unclear how involved Kirkman will be at bringing the series to life, but he's very much focused on The Walking Dead with Glenn Mazzara. Kirkman will executive produce the new show, while also help helming the development process alongside Eglee.
As the project develops further, we'll bring you the latest information.
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