The Walking Dead director takes the lead on Hunters

Ernest Dickerson is the lead director on Hunters, a US sci-fi cable series which starts shooting in Melbourne this month.

These Final Hours’ Nathan Phillips stars as a Philadelphia detective and former FBI agent suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder whose hallucinations get worse from the stress of his wife going missing.

His investigation uncovers a secret government unit assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists — shadowy figures that may or may not be from this world.

Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) is cast as an unhinged junkie and Hunter cell leader with a predilection for house music and violence.

The female lead is Britne Oldford (American Horror Story, Ravenswood), who plays a talented government operative.

Written by Natalie Chaidez (Heroes,Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and based on Whitley Strieber’s novel Alien Hunter, the 13-episode series was commissioned by the US Syfy channel.

Matchbox Pictures is producing for Universal Cable Prods and Valhalla Entertainment’s Gale Anne Hurd, who is EP of The Walking Dead.

A former cinematographer and long-time collaborator with Spike Lee, Dickerson made his directorial debut on the 1992 movie Juice, an inner-city crime drama that starred Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur and Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins.

He has directed multiple episodes of The Walking Dead, The Wire, Treme and Dexter.