Despite behind-the-scenes turmoil that included the departure of Frank Darabont, AMC's "The Walking Dead" remains a smash hit for the network; with the second season finale bringing in an astounding nine million viewers.
Achieving that kind of success is like capturing lightning in a bottle. But AMC is making a play to do just that with "The Walking Dead" creator, Robert Kirkman.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kirkman has signed a deal with AMC to develop his latest comic book, "Thief of Thieves" into a TV series alongside former "Walking Dead" executive producer Charles "Chic" Eglee, who will executive produce and serve as the showrunner of the potential series.
"Thief of Thieves" debuted as a comic book earlier this year that was created and written by Kirkman, alongside rising comic scribe Nick Spencer and artist Shawn Martin Brough. The series follows a master thief whose attempts to leave his calling and reclaim his family are threatened by his addiction to the thrill that his thieving gives him. Thus he resolves to steal only what was stolen by other thieves, making him the titular "Thief of Thieves."
"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," said Kirkman in a statement.
The "Thief of Thieves" deal allows AMC to remain closely tied to Kirkman for his next TV project ; which makes good business sense. "Thief of Thieves" hasn't been around long enough to build up a fanbase as impressive as "The Walking Dead's," but it does give Kirkman a chance to expand his brand and get a boost from the network that made "The Walking Dead" into an even bigger hit.
The only downside to this story is that Eglee was previously attached to be the showrunner and executive producer of "Powers" on FX, the adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's superhero crime series. However, "Powers" has been stuck in neutral for months as FX considers whether to film additional scenes or reshoots for the pilot. Additionally, the actors appear to have been released from their contracts and the female lead, Lucy Punch has already been cast in another pilot for CBS.
On twitter, Bendis noted that Eglee is still tied to the "Powers" pilot in first position; which means that he would still run that series if it goes forward. But the evidence seems to be mounting that "Powers" will not go forward FX. Conceivably, it could happen. But if even Eglee is looking for another gig, it doesn't seem likely.