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George Romero’s Empire of the Dead Coming To AMC

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We have The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead and now a third zombie series is coming to AMC with George Romero’s Empire of the Dead, which is not related to the Robert Kirkman-created Walker universe.

The news comes from comic book artist Arthur Suydam who did the variant cover art for Romero’s Marvel comics series of the same name.

“The series I just finished up for Marvel Comics as a matter of fact, so this is me and George Romero, and this just got signed by AMC. So it’s going to be the next big zombie series on AMC,” Suydam told WHAS11 while attending the Wizard World Louisville Comic-Con.

Word first hit about the Empire of the Dead TV series back in May with mention the series will be written by Geroge Romero and longtime partner Peter Grunwald, and executive produced by Romero and Grunwald with Demarest’s Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson.

Empire of the Dead is set in NYC and features vampires as well. Here is a description of the first issued published back in January 2014:

ZOMBIE GODFATHER GEORGE ROMERO UNLEASHES HIS NEXT UNDEAD EPIC—AS AN ALL-NEW MARVEL COMIC! Welcome to New York City years after the undead plague has erupted—but just because Manhattan has been quarantined, don’t think that everyone inside is safe! Not only do flesh-eaters roam within Manhattan, but there’s another ancient predator about to take a bite out of the Big Apple! Plus: It’s a terrorizing team-up in variant cover form when the Zombie Godfather unites with the Zombie King – Arthur Suydam!

Watch video of Arthur Suydam confirming Empire of the Dead for AMC:

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Marvel & George Romero’s Empire Of The Dead Announced As TV Series

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With The Walking Dead having two series and Z-Nation on SyFy, you knew it wouldn’t be long before zombie godfather George Romero got his own flesh-eating series.

Variety has announced that Romero’s Empire of the Dead graphic novel is being adapted for TV.

Romero published the comic through Marvel Comics; however, it isn’t a part of the regular Marvel Universe, so don’t expect the Marvel Zombies to show up.

Demarest Films is behind the project, with it noted the production company recently backed Kevin Smith’s Tusk, and announced the news today at the Cannes Festival in France.

The Empire of the Dead TV series will be written by Geroge Romero and longtime partner Peter Grunwald, and executive produced by Romero and Grunwald with Demarest’s Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson. 

Romero is, of course, known for the Night of the Living Dead zombie movies.

Marvel Comics published the first Empire of the Dead comic back in January of 2014, described as:

Welcome to New York City years after the undead plague has erupted—but just because Manhattan has been quarantined, don’t think that everyone inside is safe! Not only do flesh-eaters roam within Manhattan, but there’s another ancient predator about to take a bite out of the Big Apple!

The ancient predator referred to are blood-suckers, so the series features both vamprires and zombies.

A network has yet to pick up the series.

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George Romero’s Empire of The Dead Announced For Marvel Comics

George Romero’s new Marvel zombie comic book has finally become known, and it’s Empire of the Dead, which will be hitting NYC!

Romero offered the following to USA Today:

“It’s basically Chicago or Detroit. The city isn’t destroyed, but it’s just running on its engine, corrupt and no holds barred. It’s a little bit like the Old West,” says Romero, a lifelong fan of comics.

“That’s what I’m talking about now. There’s hardly any morality anywhere, except of course for our heroes.

Update: Empire of the Dead is a new 15-issue series coming out in January based on a 300-page screenplay by Romero with art by Alex Maleev. More will be announced at the upcoming NYCC with it said there will be a major twist.

Further details:

It’s still the major metropolis everybody knows but a few years into its zombie apocalypse. Some things have reverted to a prior state — there are sheep grazing in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow. Yet there are strong social and political elements: The mayor is one of the main characters and a female member of the living dead starts to show some real smarts 

Alex Maleev cover:

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