George Romero’s Empire of the Dead Heads to the Small Screen
A new zombie television series is on the way from the man who defined the genre. According to Variety, Demarest Films has plans to develop George A. Romero’s Marvel Comics series “Empire of the Dead” for the small screen. The series, a loose continuation of the world depicted in Romero’s films and launched with the original Night of the Living Dead, launched in January 2014 with the first issue officially described as follows:
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!
That ancient predator, as fans of the book are well aware, refers to a race of vampires whose conflict with the zombie hordes threatens to trap humanity in the middle of a supernatural war.
In comic book form, “Empire of the Dead” is planned to run for three five-issue “Acts.” The final issue of Act Three was recently solicitated to hit stores shelves this August.
Romero will write the series alongside Peter Grunwald. Both with serve as executive producers with Sam Engelbardt and William D. Johnson of Demarest.