AMC has announced a premiere date for Frank Darabont’s highly anticipated adaptation of The Walking Dead. Appropriately enough, The Walking Dead will kick off on Halloween at the standard Zombie-flick running time of 90 minutes. The Walking Dead will be the crown jewel of AMC’s annual Fearfest, a marathon of scary flicks. Here’s the trailer that was show at ComicCon, along with AMC’s press release on The Walking Dead’s premiere.
New York, NY — August 2010 — AMC’s newest original series, ‘The Walking Dead,’will premiere on Halloween night, Sunday, October 31 at 10 PM ET. The Sunday night series will debut with a 90-minute premiere episode, airing at 10 PM, October 31st. Subsequent episodes will be one-hour long presentations.
In conjunction with the announcement, today AMC released a four and a half-minute trailer, previewing the series, as was seen at this year’s Comicon. The trailer can be viewed on www.amctv.com.
The series will premiere during AMC’s Fearfest, the network’s annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films. Fearfest is celebrating its 14th year by airing 14 consecutive days of themed programming with more than 50 films.
“The Walking Dead’is AMC’s first wholly-owned original series.
‘The Walking Dead’is based on the comic book written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The six-episode series tells the story of life following a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (‘Love Actually,”Teachers,”Strike Back’), traveling in search of a safe and secure home. Jon Bernthal (‘The Pacific,”The Ghost Writer’) plays Rick’s sheriff’s department partner before the apocalypse, Shane Walsh, and Sarah Wayne Callies (‘Prison Break’), is Rick’s wife, Lori. Supporting cast include Laurie Holden (‘The Shield’), Jeffrey DeMunn, Chandler Riggs and Steven Yeun.