New York Times Best-selling author Max Brooks, known for his zombie fiction in World War Z and the Zombie Survival Guide, launched a comic series with Avatar Press, Extinction Parade, in January of 2014 with artist Raulo Caceres. The property has now been optioned by Legendary Television and Digital as an original series. Brooks will be closely involved with the development of the TV series, and will write the Pilot episode.
Max Brooks explains:
I only brought the idea to one company, Legendary, because they do the kind of quality work of which any writer would be proud. While the comic series from Avatar continues, I am thrilled to be working with Legendary to develop Extinction Parade into an innovative new series for television.
William Christensen, Publisher of Avatar Press comments:
Max Brooks is a visionary with an incredible ability to tell stories that deliver a fresh approach to the horrors that haunt our nightmares. His work on Extinction Parade has been a stunningly rich tapestry of cultures in decline and a biting indictment of the perils of privilege. It will make the perfect television series to appeal to fans who have until now settled for thinly veiled soap operas parading as horror.
Extinction Parade, a story which tracks the decline of a decadent ruling class of Vampires as they fail to respond to a zombie virus that is wiping out their prey species, humans, offers a stunning critique of failing to evolve based on environmental changes in the interest of self-preservation that is highly relevant to society today. Pitting zombie hoards against an aristocratic ancient society, Extinction Parade takes on classic horror elements in new and surprising ways while unveiling a wide cast of characters locked in their own internal conflicts over the future of their species as well as humanity. The first trade collection of the ground-breaking comic series debuts in July of this year.
Brooks' World War Z was adapted to film in the Summer of 2013, with a sequel currently in development, and he's making 2014 an even more banner year for his work with the announcement of this television option by Legendary. In theme, Extinction Parade compares well with TV shows like The Walking Dead in its vision of internecine conflicts among resistant forces during a zombie apocalypse, and also to shows like Hannibal for its horror elements depicting humanity as prey.
Legendary Entertainment develops films (Legendary Pictures), television and digital properties (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) and has always displayed a commitment to the zeitgeist of fandom.
Avatar Press is an independent publishing company responsible for a variety of cutting-edge comic books, graphic novels, and original web content including works by Garth Ennis (Crossed, Chronicles of Wormwood), Warren Ellis (Freakangels, No Hero), Christos Gage (Absolution, Crossed), Kieron Gillen (Uber), Max Brooks (Extinction Parade), Jonathan Hickman (God is Dead), and Alan Moore (Neonomicon, Fashion Beast).
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