AMC has announced that they have greenlit the documentary series “Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books. This is a working title and may change before it is released in 2017. The series is to be executive produced by Robert Kirkman and David Alpert from The Walking Dead and is produced by Skybound Entertainment.
According to AMC, The six-part one-hour documentary series will explore the stories, people, and events that have transformed the world of comic books. Using a distinctive filmmaker approach, the series takes a deep dive into the most accessible and often subversive modern popular art form. From origin stories to the untold history behind iconic characters, “Heroes and Villains” will explore a wide range of topics including: pop culture, politics, race, gender and sexuality.
“We are incredibly excited to continue our partnership with Robert, David and Skybound. Beyond The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, they are prolific producers and publishers who have an amazing knowledge of comic book history and genre storytelling,” said Joel Stillerman, president of programming, AMC and SundanceTV. “We believe going deep into the history behind some of the greatest comic books will be of great interest to this audience.”
“At the end of the day I am a comic fan first and foremost. I am a lover of the medium and the stories it enables people to tell,” said Robert Kirkman, CEO, Skybound Entertainment. “I’m excited to partner with AMC once again to bring the stories of some the most influential people in comics to a television audience.”
Co-president’s of Skybound’s Film and TV division, Bryan and Sean Furst (“Dice”), also serve as executive producers. Overseeing “Heroes and Villains: The History of Comics from AMC are Eliot Goldberg, senior vice president of non-fiction and alternative programming, and Kelly Nash, director of non-fiction and alternative programming.
It used to be that comic book adaptations were pretty rubbish, but in the last 10 years, they’ve really gone from strength to strength. I’m particularly excited at how independents are being snapped up and with television adaptions of Preacher and Outcast and the film of Empress on the horizon (not to mention the sterling work that Netflix has been doing with Marvel) it really is an exciting time for the genre.
Plus I personally love a good documentary. We’ll keep you updated on this and any plans for it to air in the UK.