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Sundance’s ‘The Writers’ Room’ to trace path from comics to TV

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Jim Rash, Robert Kirkman and Blair Butler on “The Writer’s Room.”

Comic books have become prime source material for movies, television series and video games, and while the adaptations may vary in terms of scale and medium, one of the keys to their success remains the same: staying true to the core elements that made the comics work in the first place. And in TV, it’s up to the writers — either the original authors or faithful adapters — to help keep it on course.

On April 25, SundanceTV’s The Writers’ Room will explore the well-tread road between comic books and television. Host Jim Rash (screenwriter of The Descendants), the show will put The Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman and Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar in the hot seat to discuss successfully adapting comics for television. They’ll be joined by industry commentators Blair Butler (formerly of G4TV) and Michael Schneider (TV Guide Magazine).

“Viewers will get the inside scoop on The Walking Dead and hear about how Robert Kirkman decides what stories to keep from comics when adapting them for the show and why popular character Daryl Dixon was invented for the TV series,” states the press release. “Superman fans will learn about the real origin of kryptonite, and the group will give other comic book favorites a modern update.”

Launched in 2013, The Writers’ Room is a unique showcase of writing talent on television, from Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones to American Horror Story and Parks and Recreation. The show begins its second season Friday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SundanceTV.

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