CBS adapting zombie cop drama Dead Mann Walking from Continuum creator

There are a few zombies shows on the air these days, though no one has managed to catch lightning in a bottle quite like The Walking Dead. But that could change soon, as CBS is looking to get in on the undead action with the creator of cult hit sci-fi series Continuum.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has tapped Continuum creator Simon Barry to turn Stefan Petrucha's zombie novel Dead Mann Walking into a TV series. This being CBS, you knew there’d have to be a procedural angle — and you’d be right! The series is set in the near future and follows a police detective who had been executed for murdering his wife. But he’s brought back to life as a “second-class citizen” to work as a private investigator trying to track down the real killer.

Barry is signed on to write the pilot script and executive-produce, and it’ll mark his second project in the month or so since Continuum wrapped its run on Syfy. In addition to Dead Mann Walking, Barry is also attached to co-produce Syfy’s new female-led Van Helsing series. After all the awesomeness of Continuum, it’s nice to see Barry keeping busy with some new projects.

As for prime-time zombie fare, Dead Mann Walking would join The Walking Dead, Z Nation and iZombie if it eventually makes it to air. Needless to say: It’s a great time to be a zombie fan.


(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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