Max Brooks, author of the hit World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, is kind of a big deal right now, and a new deal with Legendary TV is about to make him bigger: The company has just optioned his comic book Extinction Parade for series adaptation, for which Brooks will be writing the pilot episode.
“I only brought the idea to one company, Legendary, because they do the kind of quality work of which any writer would be proud,” said Brooks, adding, “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.”
As for the comic about a war between vampires and zombies that has placed mankind on the endangered species list, William Christensen, publisher of Avatar Press, stated, “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.”
If there’s one thing Legendary loves, it’s a challenge, and this certainly fits the bill. And based on current track records, there’s no doubt the company will deliver on the small screen just as they have on the big one, especially if Brooks is the one behind the keyboard of the script.