We recently joked that Robert Kirkman could use a good cloning — since he’s writing The Walking Dead comics, executive producing the TV show, writing/producing the spin-off companion show, writing new TWD novels, and producing movies. But now he's actually getting Clone-d.
According to TheWrap, the Syfy network is developing a new drama series called Clone from Robert Kirkman and fellow TWD executive producer David Alpert.
Clone is based on the bestselling graphic novel written by David Schulner and published by Skybound, Kirkman’s Image Comics imprint. The TV show will be written and executive produced by David Schulner, with Kirkman and Alpert also exec producing. Clone is about a retired soldier, Luke Taylor, who discovers a man who burglarized his home is a clone of himself.
Universal Television announced last summer that it was adapting the comic, so this is the next step. We’ll have to see what happens from here, in terms of casting, filming, premiere dates, etc.
Back in 2012, David S. and Kirkman talked to Entertainment Weekly about the development of Clone.
“My wife was pregnant and all of a sudden you realize, ‘My identity is going to change,’” David said. “I was going to become someone entirely different. And I thought, what if you started on some regular guy, who was going to be a father, his whole identity was going to change so he was already kind of questioning who he was, and then all of a sudden he heard footsteps outside and he saw a trail of blood, and he followed this trail of blood, and it led to a version of himself, a clone of himself clutching his gut, bleeding from a gunshot wound, saying ‘They’re coming for you, they’re coming for all of us.’ And that’s how the story starts.”
RK talked about what drew him to this particular comic book story, since he must be pitched a ton of ideas. “David’s writing,” he answered. “It’s really tight and it has that element of the fantastic against the mundane. It’s about a new father whose dealing with the upcoming birth of his child and he has a lot of father issues himself [...] but he’s also got this whole new world where he’s experiencing these clones and finding out a lot more about himself that he didn’t know before. It’s just a really cool concept. At Skybound we try to do a select few number of titles that we really feel are special and this is a really good example of the kind of original, unique material that we are looking for.”
Are you a fan of Clone the graphic novel? Will you watch the show, if and when it shows up on Syfy?
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.