AMC Options Kirkman's "Thief of Thieves" Heist Series

Wed, April 11th, 2012 at 9:29am PDT | Updated: April 11th, 2012 at 11:13am

Comic Books
Kevin Melrose, Staff Writer

AMC has optioned Robert Kirkman's "Thief of Thieves"

Following the runaway success of "The Walking Dead," AMC hopes to bring another Robert Kirkman creation to television.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cable network is developing a drama based on "Thief of Thieves," the new heist comic by Kirkman and artist Shawn Martinbrough (with Nick Spencer co-writing the first story arc). Published by Image/Skybound, the series follows Conrad Paulson, the world's greatest thief who decides to steal only what's already been stolen in an effort to atone for all of his wrongdoings.

"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," Kirkman told the trade paper.

The adaptation will see Kirkman and Circle of Confusion's David Alpert reunite with producer Chic Eglee, who worked on the first season of "The Walking Dead" before moving on to develop the "Powers" pilot for FX. Eglee will serve as showrunner should "Thief of Thieves" be picked up to series.

Eglee's involvement would seem to cast further doubt on the future of "Powers," which FX President Paul Landgraf called "as difficult an adaptation as I've ever worked on." The pilot has been in limbo for months while network executives decided whether to move forward with reshoots. In the meantime, however, the project appears to have lost its stars, as actor Khary Payton recently told CBR that the cast members have been released from their contracts. An FX representative insists "Powers" isn't dead, though, saying, "it is still to be determined if we'll move forward with reshoots on the pilot. There is currently no timetable on when to move forward."

"Thief of Thieves" #3 arrives in stores today.

Official Press Release

AMC announced today “Thief of Thieves,” a new project in development from “The Walking Dead” executive producer/writer Robert Kirkman and Chic Eglee ("The Shield," "Dexter") based upon the new comic Kirkman created under the same name. "The Walking Dead" executive producer David Alpert and Kirkman reunite with Eglee who will serve as showrunner. All three also serve as executive producers on the new skein. The comic book Thief of Thieves, a new crime caper published by Kirkman's Skybound imprint at Image Comics, debuted on February 8 and sold out the same day. 

"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," explains Kirkman, who created "The Walking Dead" comic in 2003 and still writes each issue, among many other titles.

"AMC recognizes the limitless ideas generated by the comic industry," says Kirkman.  "Their dedication to bringing 'The Walking Dead' to life as a TV show has been key to its success and I'm excited about the potential of 'Thief of Thieves' to reach similar levels of success."  According to Kirkman, "Working with AMC has been a tremendously positive experience and I'm looking forward to continuing and strengthening our relationships there and I can't neglect to mention I've been dying to work with Chic again since we wrapped on ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 1." 

Circle of Confusion partner Alpert adds, "It's incredibly exciting to put the band back together with Robert, Chic and AMC; it just feels great.”

Kirkman developed "Thief of Thieves" based upon his experience in the writer's room of "The Walking Dead" after observing how the ideas got more creative and thrilling when a group of talented writers were working together to make the show as interesting as possible.  The first arc of the comic is being written by Nick Spencer and Shawn Martinbrough is the artist.   Kirkman created the story and has a "head writer" in charge of each arc of "Thief of Thieves." The story focuses on master thief Conrad Paulson who, while attempting to reconcile with his estranged wife and son, vows to walk the straight and narrow, only to discover he's completely addicted to the thrill of stealing. Now he must feed his addiction by stealing only what has been stolen, as the “Thief of Thieves.”

The deal was brokered by CAA, Katz Golden Rosenman for Kirkman, Behr Abramson for Alpert/Circle of Confusion, Michael Gendler for Eglee and Marci Wiseman, head of business affairs for AMC with Roger Arar at Loeb and Loeb.

About AMC
AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series - Drama for three consecutive years. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC's original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.” AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About. Available in more than 97 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.

About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman's success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company's inception twenty years ago.  He's the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning "The Walking Dead," "Invincible" and many other titles for his own Skybound imprint.  Kirkman topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011, taking four of the top spots.  AMC's "The Walking Dead," is the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 120 countries and 250 million households.  

TAGS:  amc, robert kirkman, the walking dead, thief of thieves, shawn martinbrough, nick spencer

 
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