“What Time Does My Book Start?”

The big thing use to be turning books into movies.  Now, it’s turning books into television series! 

FX’s Justified, which I am sadly hearing very little about and take as a bad sign, is based on Elmore Leonard’s U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens.  I have only seen 3 episodes of this series due to my schedule, but really enjoyed the characters and storyline.

Other television series that are currently in production are based on George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy series and the graphic novel “The Walking Dead,” by Robert Kirkman.

The Walking Dead series was picked up by Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption), and will be released by AMC.  “Dead” follows the story of a group of survivors after a mysterious zombie apocalypse.  The main star, Rick Grimes, is a police officer who was shot and has been in the hospital in a coma.  He awakes to this new world alone and not knowing what has happened to his friends, family or the world in general.

Great premise, great series of graphic novels.  AMC has picked up 6 episodes that are filming over the course of the Summer.  The cast, so far, includes: Jeffrey DeMunn, Sarah Wayne Callies, Andrew Lincoln (who will play Rick Grimes), Jon Bernthal and Brandon Routh.

Search as I might, news on the HBO series of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series is hard to come by.  Most news is based on information from last year, and I can’t find hardly any recent news.  The series is still in production, as far as I know, and is listed for HBO’s 2011 schedule.  A website, AirLock Alpha, has a fairly recent article that is worth a read concerning production. 

Casting for the series, known as “A Game of Thrones,” which is the first book in the series, includes Sean Bean, Lena Heady, Peter Dinklage and Mark Addy.

Excellent works in progress and I hope they get a fair shot.  HBO is pretty good about sticking with shows and isn’t really known for producing failures.  AMC, I’m really not sure about, but the fact that they ordered 6 episodes of “Dead” without even having seen the pilot could be promising.

Keep yours eyes open for future news and updates across the internet concerning these projects.

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