AMC has ordered documentary series Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books (working title) from The Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman and David Alpert, for premiere in 2017. Kirkman and Alpert will exec produce through their Skybound Entertainment banner.
The series of six hourlong episodes will explore the stories, people and events that have transformed the world of comic books, according to the description from AMC. Using a distinctive filmmaker approach, Heroes and Villains 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, the series 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,” said Joel Stillerman, president of programming at AMC and SundanceTV. “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. “We believe going deep into the history behind some of the greatest comic books will be of great interest to this audience.”
Said Kirkman, CEO of Skybound Entertainment: “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. 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.”
Skybound’s Bryan and Sean Furst also serve as executive producers.