Wednesday, April 11, 2012

AMC Developing Image Comics' THIEF OF THIEVES for TV

Gee, I don't think anyone saw this coming...Ahem.

With AMC continuing to score huge ratings from the TV adaptation of writer Robert Kirkman's Image Comics/Skybound series The Walking Dead, it should come as absolutely no surprise whatsoever that AMC is looking for more from the creator.

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that AMC is reteaming with Kirkman to develop a TV show based on another Image Comics/Skybound creation, Thief of Thieves, which only had its third issue released today.  They described the television adaptation as focusing on "a master thief with a dual identity who, while struggling to quit the business, opts to steal only what has already been stolen."

Kirkman and Walking Dead producer David Alpert of Circle of Confusion will reteam with Chic Eglee, whom they worked with on the first season of The Walking Dead.  Eglee, who also worked on the Showtime drama Dexter, will serve as showrunner ifThief of Thieves becomes a series.  "Much like The Walking Dead brought horror to television in a unique and groundbreaking way," said Kirkman, "I feel Thief of Thieves can do the same thing for heist stories, showing the humanity of all the characters, including the criminals."

According to the article, Kirkman developed Thief of Thieves after basing it on his experiences in the Walking Dead TV series writer's room.  Kirkman oversees the comic book series, which had its initial arc written by Nick Spencer with art by Shawn Martinbrough.

"AMC recognizes the limitless ideas generated by the comic industry," said Kirkman.  "Their dedication to bringing The Walking Dead to life as a TV show has been key to its success and I'm excited about the potential of Thief of Thieves to reach similar levels of success."

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