Is This Zombie TV Show Tipping Its Hat To Dead Rising?

At Comic-Con, a trailer was shown for the upcoming TV adaptation of the brilliant comic series The Walking Dead. Nearly every scene shown is lifted directly from the comics. Except for one, though it still looks familiar.

You'll see it come at around 4:10 into the clip. It's from early in the comic series, when hero Rick travels to Atlanta looking for his wife and son. In the comic, you see a tank in the background on one page, but Rick never clambers up on top of it running from the undead.

He does in this trailer. That's new for the show. And the imagery looks a lot like the most iconic shot from 2006's Dead Rising, from the game's conclusion as Frank finds himself...on top of a tank surrounded the by undead. It's not only the same scenario, it's the same vehicle, an M1 Abrams.

It's nice to see that for a game that took so many cues from other works of zombie fiction, Dead Rising seems to have had its own influence on the genre.


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    Interesting.

    Is this possibly the first "serious" take on zombies on film?

      I refuse to die without seeing a proper "serious" zombie film.

    This COULD be epic - but damn is that some bad acting...

    Sorry, the tank in the clip is not an Abrams. It's a British Challenger tank. which seems a bit odd, wonder why the producers couldn't grab an American tank for an American setting.

      Sorry , it is a chieftain tank, which is even older.

    this tv show is going to be awesome!

    I don't know why it took so long for the zombie genre to hit television (I know there was that UK show before this one) so I'm kind of excited about this.

    I'm just worried that what makes zombie apocalypse movies so awesome is how fast paced their plots are. Zombie movies take you through events rather quickly and that's one of their great strengths.

    Television is a medium which rarely does that. Usually TV shows are slow paced and explore events way too long and move forward slowly. They have lots of cliff-hangers for each episode (Lost) and take forever to resolve all the mysteries they present (Lost) - which are very rarely relevant anyway. I'd be very worried that a TV show in the genre simply doesn't fit what the genre does best - telling a fast compact survival story without worrying about getting viewers each week.

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