AMC greenlights 'Walking Dead' pilot
The show - based on Image's critically-acclaimed post-apocalyptic zombie series - will be directed and scripted by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), reports Variety.
Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Motion Pictures and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion will be executive producers alongside Darabont.
"The Walking Dead's road to the small screen has been a long one, but so far it's looking like the best of all worlds," Kirkman said.
"Given AMC's track record with shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, combined with Frank Darabont writing and directing, I couldn't possibly be more excited for this to come together.
"Having the pilot greenlit is a huge leap forward to this becoming a reality."