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Animal Planet Developing ‘The Other Dead’ Animal Zombie Scripted Series

Animal Planet is the latest cable network to dip into graphic novel fare, optioning the zombie animal story “The Other Dead” to be developed as a scripted series.

From creators Joshua Ortega (“Gears of War,” Spider-Man”) and Digger Mesch (“Agent 88,” “X-Men”) and IDW Publishing, “The Other Dead” is set in Louisiana during the ‘next Hurricane Katrina’ and revolves around a world of undead animals and unrelenting storms.

“The entire creative team could not be more excited about this partnership, and the timing for ‘The Other Dead’ series could not be more perfect,” says Ortega.“Zombie animal meets Animal Planet? Sounds like we have some serious undead fun ahead of us.”

Adds Rick Holzman, Animal Planet exec VP and g.m.: “This is an intriguing choice for Animal Planet as the network further branches out into different, dynamic genres.”

“The Other Dead” joins the company of popular comic book and graphic novel-based television series including AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” recently renewed for a sixth season, and the slew of superhero series: CW’s “Arrow” and “The Flash,” NBC’s “Constantine,” ABC’S “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and more.

Series is being eyed for a 2016 premiere.

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