Wednesday, 27 July 2011

The Walking Dead; Frank Darabont quits as showrunner and season 2 trailer.

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This has come as quite a shock. Despite talking up the show and discussing the currently in production season two just a matter of days ago (at Comic-Con) Darabont (writer  director of The Shawshank Redemtion), who spent 5 years getting the show up and running, has quit as showrunner. A the moment it isn’t even certain if he’ll be staying with the show at all. One of the big surprises of 2010 The Walking Dead was smart and sophisticated, which is something few people saw coming. Earning numerous award nominations for Directing (DGA) and producing (PGA) as well as for the drama itself, The Walking Dead’s main, if not only, criticism was that it was only half a season long at six episodes and that viewers have to wait until this October for more of the show!

No reason has bee given for te decision yet, but The Hollywood Reporter suggests that it may to do with concerns over the show’s budget, which was apparently threatened with cuts, despite the show’s runaway success. Here’s a quote from him in THR:-

“Creatively I have no complaints thus far,” Darabont said at the time. “But I believe if they do move ahead with what they’re talking about [with budget cuts], it will affect the show creatively ... in a negative way. Which just strikes me as odd. If you have an asset, why would you punish it?”

Hopefully the outstanding qulity of the show so far will remain, with a writing staff hired before he left we have to hope so.
(It goes without saying that this video is not for little ones)

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