AMC prepares for Walking Dead Global Zombie Invasion Attack and industry-first global premiere


Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead
Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead

In anticipation of the premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead series adaptation this Sunday, October 31st, AMC and FOX Networks plan to stage a worldwide zombie invasion. The Walking Dead’s international broadcaster, Fox International Channels, will kick-off the promotion with overseas invasions beginning at daybreak in Taipei and Hong Kong tomorrow (October 26th) and then move across the globe where the event culminates at the The Walking Dead’s Los Angeles premiere.

Prior to the unprecedented global premiere of The Walking Dead, AMC and Fox plan to target one day multi-city events that will occur during morning commute hours. Taking direction from The Walking Dead’s legendary make-up artist Greg Nicotero, hundreds of zombies will consecutively take over major cities worldwide during a 24-hour period. The planned global outbreak will center in and around the world’s major landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Big Ben in London, the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, the Acropolis in Athens and more. They will begin at daybreak in Taipei and Hong Kong, followed by Istanbul, Madrid, Munich, London, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, New York City and Los Angeles, among others. Attacking a total of 26 cities, each outbreak will be documented and shared with fans the world over as it happens.

The Walking Dead Global Zombie Invasion Attacks:

  • New York City, USA
  • Washington DC, USA
  • Boston, USA
  • Chicago, USA
  • San Francisco, USA
  • Los Angeles, USA
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Hong Kong
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Athens, Greece
  • Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Estonia, Tallinn
  • Belgrade, Serbia
  • Munich, Germany
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Rome, Italy
  • Johannesburg, S. Africa
  • London, UK – Westminster
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Sao Paolo, Brazil
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Caracas, Venezuela
  • Bogota, Colombia
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala

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The Walking Dead premieres on AMC this Sunday, Halloween night, at 10 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. PT. For the first time ever, the series will begin to premiere globally a few hours after AMC’s U.S. launch. Similar to a theatrical film release, all Fox International markets will launch the first episode during the same week, before the release of the second episode in the US. The Walking Dead will debut in 120 countries, air in 33 languages, and be viewed in 250 million households when it premieres.

The Walking Dead, AMC’s original series, is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. Kirkman serves as an executive producer on the project and three-time Academy Award-nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) serves as writer, director and executive producer. Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk), chairman of Valhalla Motion Pictures, serves as Executive Producer. David Alpert from Circle of Confusion serves as Executive Producer. Charles “Chic” Eglee (Dexter, The Shield, Dark Angel) serves as Executive Producer.