AMC Options Kirkman’s “Thief of Thieves” Heist Series

Thief of Thieves coming to AMCBy: Kevin Melrose, Source: CBR.com

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.

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