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Darabont Exits Walking Dead

Frank Darabont exits top producer role on AMC's Walking Dead

By Jarrod Sarafin     July 27, 2011
Source: Deadline

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Producer Frank Darabont has helped bring The Walking Dead out of comics and into televisions across the world. It looks like he will now set his eyes elsewhere, likely on a return to the silver screen. Deadline reports that Darabont has officially stepped down as the showrunner for AMC's hit show.

No reason has been given for his exit of the show which is currently shooting season two, and will begin airing on the cable channel on October 16. It may be that the man behind The Shawshank Redemption and The Mist wishes to shift his focus to cinematic projects. Whatever the reasoning, the online trade says that Frank will still be involved with the zombie series in some capacity.

Season two will star Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Norman Reedus, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Michael Rooker and Pruitt Taylor Vince. You can check out the previously-revealed SDCC trailer down below.


Thanks to Calibur454 for the submission.


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Calibur454 7/27/2011 7:15:03 AM

This is very bad news. Holly hell he seemed fine at comic con not a few days ago- what in the hell hapened. Not only that what will become of season 2

EagleManiac 7/27/2011 7:41:28 AM

I just hope they keep this show around for a long while. Excellent acting and great moody scenes! One of my favorite shows on TV right now.

jedibanner 7/27/2011 7:42:59 AM

That was a great preview though. I'm sure the series will be fine, it's a sad news but for what they filmed already, I'm not worried.


Wiseguy 7/27/2011 7:58:19 AM

I think that as long as the rest of the staff in charge stays in place we'll be alright, especially the second in command whose name I can't recall. Plus he's still going to be involved to a smaller degree and I'm sure his suggestions and recommendations will carry some weight

I also read that it was the daily grind that may have gotten to him, not that it matters much.

lusiphur 7/27/2011 7:58:46 AM

 I read that he didn't realize the daily grind of doing episodic TV would be so strenuous.  This is too bad, because I really think he "got it" when it came to Walking Dead.  Maybe Nicotero will step in.  Should be interesting to see if there is a change in quality from what's already done and what's still to film.

Bryzarro 7/27/2011 8:13:29 AM

 It's bad news but not terrible news.  I read he'll still be a consultant for them but like they said Frank isnt a TV guy.  My hope is that he left a solid layout or road map for the writers and crew and all they have to do is follow what he has set up.

Again I'm hoping for the best and if they stick to the source material there should not be much to worry about for this show.  But it is bad news to loose his talent on a regular basis.

Bryzarro 7/27/2011 8:25:09 AM

 Oh and I just saw this trailer and I got chills.  I can't wait until October!!  Never thought i'd say that in the summer!!

xJokersxWildx 7/27/2011 9:03:41 AM

IT clearly is the best dam show on TV.

Awesome Trailer. Had a chance to meet many of the cast members over the spring here in NJ and they were awesome cool people.

Cant wait for season 2.

aegrant 7/27/2011 9:13:20 AM

Looking forward to the new season. I actually like the way they have gone in a slightly different direction than the comic. See, sometime change is good

ThrillerSam 7/27/2011 9:36:57 AM

Hate to hear him leaving but damn this next season looks amazing. I love the emotion you feel... reminds me of I am Legend with Will Smith's performance. You can just feel how they feel. Good stuff.

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