Cannes: George Romero’s 'Empire of the Dead' Graphic Novels Heading to TV

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The story features a quarantined Manhattan populated by humans, zombies and vampires.

Empire of the Dead, the 15-issue graphic novel from zombie master George A. Romero and published by Marvel Comics, is being adapted for TV.

Demarest, the production and financing banner behind recent films A Most Wanted Man and Kevin Smith’s Tusk, made the announcement from Cannes.

The series will be written by Romero and longtime partner Peter Grunwald and exec produced by the pair alongside Demarest partners Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson. No network has yet been revealed.

“Demarest is thrilled to bring more of George’s unique vision to screens everywhere, because he’s truly the one who started it all,” said Eglebardt. “I am also particularly pleased to be collaborating with George and Peter again, following our success with Diary of the Dead.”

Set in a quarantined Manhattan, Empire of the Dead — the first chapters of which were published last year — marked a departure for Romero, featuring a world in which there were two kinds of living dead: zombies and vampires.

The latest news follows Demarest’s recent partnering with The Ink Factory to produce and finance the TV adaptation of John Le Carre’s first post-Cold War novel, The Night Manager. Starring Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston, the six-part miniseries is being directed by Oscar winner Susanne Bier and is set to air next year on AMC in the U.S. and the BBC in the U.K.

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