AMC Developing Series Based on Kirkman's THIEF OF THIEVES

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Robert Kirkman's Thief of Thieves is in development as a series at AMC, as first made public by The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.

Given the success AMC has had with their live-action adaptation of The Walking Dead — record-setting, reported 9 million viewers for last month's second season finale kind of success — it makes sense that they'd give another Robert Kirkman comic book series a shot, and they're going with the newest. Thief of Thieves debuted in February, and tells the story of a master thief named Redmond struggling to leave his criminal life behind.

"Much like The Walking Dead brought horror to television in a unique and groundbreaking way, I feel Thief of Thieves can do the same thing for heist stories, showing the humanity of all the characters, including the criminals," Kirkman told The Hollywood Reporter.

Kirkman is developing the project with Walking Dead producer David Alpert and writer/producer Charles H. Eglee, who worked on the first season of the zombie drama and wrote the pilot for FX's still in-development Powers series, based on Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's long-running comic book series. Eglee would reportedly serve as showrunner if the show is picked up as a series.

Inspired by his experience working in a writer's room for The Walking Dead TV series, Thief of Thieves is written by a group of writers, with Kirkman overseeing the process. Morning Glories writer Nick Spencer scripted the first arc. The series is illustrated by Shawn Martinbrough.

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