Robert Kirkman can’t stop. Fresh off the success of The Walking Dead, his zombie comic-turned-TV show that’s become one of the most successful cable series of all-time, Kirkman will develop a new concept for AMC, according to The Hollywood Reporter: Thief of Thieves, which is based off another one of his funny books. Entering familiar territory for AMC’s lineup of morally conflicted heroes, Thieves is about a thief with a guilty conscience who decides to only steal what’s already been stolen while mustering up the courage to quit the business. Kirkman will reunite with Chic Eglee, who worked on the first season of Walking Dead, in the hopes that Thieves will become the network’s next smash hit.
“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 THR. “Working with AMC has been a tremendously positive experience and I’m looking forward to continuing and strengthening our relationships there. I can’t neglect to mention I’ve been dying to work with Chic again since we wrapped on The Walking Dead Season 1.”
The Thieves comic isn’t nearly as acclaimed or recognizable of a property, but that doesn’t matter: in adapting The Walking Dead for television, liberal changes, such as who lives and who dies, were made to the plot and the characters. If AMC was willing to be as free and loose with the source material the first time around, they won’t hesitate to mold Thieves into something less comic book-y and more Golden Globe-y. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn into a high-brow version of White Collar, though. There’s no word on when Thieves will come to fruition, but stay tuned.