'Walking Dead' producers developing comic books doc
AMC can’t get enough Robert Kirkman, as the network announced Tuesday it has greenlit another one of the writer’s projects: a non-fiction documentary series, Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books.
Kirkman will co-executive produce the project with fellow The Walking Dead EP David Alpert through Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment. Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books’ first season will contain six one-hour episodes that will delve into the world of comic book culture, including unique stories, people, and events. The program is also set to explore the untold histories of well-known comic book characters, in addition to commentary on pop culture, politics, race, gender, and sexuality.
“At the end of the day I am a comic fan first and foremost. I am a lover of the medium and the stories it enables people to tell,” Kirkman said in a press release. “I’m excited to partner with AMC once again to bring the stories of some the most influential people in comics to a television audience.”
In addition to writing the original The Walking Dead comic books and executive producing their TV adaptation, Kirkman co-created the Fear the Walking Dead spinoff series for AMC. His Outcast horror series, based on another one of his comic book series, premieres June 3 on Cinemax.
AMC has increased its slate of documentary and reality-based programming in recent years, as it currently airs the post-Walking Dead talk show, Talking Dead, and filmmaker Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men, which documents the daily operations of his comic book store in New Jersey. AMC will premiere the travel series Ride with Norman Reedus and Robert Redford’s miniseries The American West this summer, in addition to a late-night talk show Geeking Out, starring Smith, and a mafia-centered docuseries The Making of the Mob: Chicago.
Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books is slated to premiere on AMC sometime in 2017.
Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books