Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) will bring Roger Zelazny’s 10-part Chronicles of Amber book series to television, with co-producer David Alpert of Skybound Entertainment calling it “one of my favourite book series of all time” and “a lifelong dream” of a project. Sounds like it’s in good hands.
So far, there’s no other info (no writers, directors, network or timetable), but this is still an announcement worth getting excited about. And not just if you’re a Walking Dead fan. Zelazny’s work had a huge impact on George R.R. Martin, who wrote a touching tribute when the author, who’d become a personal friend, died in 1995:
Lord of Light was the first Zelazny book I ever read. I was in college at the time, a long time reader who dreamed of writing himself one day. I’d been weaned on Andre Norton, cut my teeth on Heinlein juveniles, survived high school with the help of H.P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, “Doc” Smith, Theodore Sturgeon, and J.R.R. Tolkien. I read Ace doubles and belonged to the Science Fiction Book Club, but I had not yet found the magazines. I’d never heard of this Zelazny guy. But when I read those words for the first time, a chill went through me, and I sensed that SF would never be the same. Nor was it. Like only a few before him, Roger left his mark on the genre.