Empire of the Dead, the 15-issue graphic novel published by Marvel and written by George A. Romero, has just been picked up as a television show adaptation. Demarest will be producing the show, who also backed Kevin Smith‘s Tusk.

Demarest made the announcement at this week’s Cannes Film Festival, with Romero and Peter Grunwald writing the script, and Romero and Grunwald with Demarest’s Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson serving as executive producers.

Of course with this announcement, it’s way too early to have a date on when production will officially start, but we’re going to go ahead and assume the show will compete with a certain AMC zombie-drama…We’ll post more details as they emerge over time.

Empire of the Dead issue 1 cover