After being forced out of AMC’s The Walking Dead over creative issues, writer/director Frank Darabont assured fans that he wouldn’t be absent from television for long. The man spoke truth, as today TNT has announced that they’ve ordered a pilot for a drama series called L.A. Noir that Darabont will write, direct, and executive produce. The project is based on the book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City which focuses on the struggle between Los Angeles police chief William Parker and mobster Mickey Cohen. Darabont described the project thusly:
“The goal is to deliver on the tone that the title L.A. Noir promises: a smart, gritty, authentic, period noir drama.”
Hit the jump for much more.
Many were surprised to learn yesterday that series creator/executive producer/director Frank Darabont had stepped down as showrunner on AMC’s massively popular series The Walking Dead. Refusing to let the news hamper business as usual, the network has now promoted Darabont’s number two, Glen Mazzara, to the position of showrunner. Mazzara joined the series near the end of 2010 (penning the episode “Wildfire”) and has previously worked on shows such as The Shield, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, and Hawthorne.
News of Mazzara’s promotion comes courtesy of EW. The report mentions that it is still unclear what role Darabont, who is currently under a two-year contract, will contribute to Dead (perhaps a consultant?). The show is currently shooting its second season in Georgia with the premiere scheduled for Sunday, October 16th.
In an incredibly surprising development, series creator/executive producer/director Frank Darabont has stepped down as showrunner on AMC’s smash hit The Walking Dead. This comes as a huge shock, as Darabont was just present on Friday at the show’s Comic-Con panel and seemed fine. Moreover, the show is currently in the middle of production on season two. There’s speculation that he may be off the show completely, but talks are still ongoing about him staying on in some capacity. Hit the jump for more.
After their wildly successful first season, the cast and crew of The Walking Dead shambled into Ballroom 20 at Comic Con to thank the fans for their support and share some info about the upcoming season. First to arrive was the creative team of series creator/writer/director/executive producer Frank Darabont, executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Robert Kirkman (creator/writer of The Walking Dead comic book series) and makeup artist and consulting producer, Greg Nicotero. Next came the principal cast, including Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun and Jeffrey DeMunn. Hit the jump to see what cast and crew have in store for fans in season 2, plus a new trailer.
We’ve already gotten a look at the first image from the anticipated second season of AMC’s hit drama series The Walking Dead, and with October inching slowly closer, now we have this awesome new teaser trailer as well. It’s nothing too mind-blowing, but it accomplishes just what any good teaser trailer should and leaves you wanting Halloween to get here sooner than later for the second season premiere. The cut to the title complete with some splatter is a nice touch, but you’ll see what I mean when you watch the trailer after the jump.
[Update: Comic creator and series executive producer Robert Kirkman has confirmed via Twitter that this trailer is indeed fan made. No official season two trailer exists at the moment. Nevertheless, whoever made this teaser did a damn fine job]
It’s that time of the week again: a time when I completely overlook the plethora of coverage we’ve provided our readers with in the preceding week, all in the name of bringing you the best stories we have to offer. In this week’s “Top 5″ installment you’ll find all kinds of premium content such as Michael Caine’s potential The Dark Knight Rises spoiler, our set visit coverage of The Muppets, the first images from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, producer Dean Devlin talking about potential sequels for Independence Day and Stargate, and our exclusive interview with Frank Darabont and producer Gale Anne Hurd regarding AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Hit the jump to find brief recaps and links to each.
“There’s no such thing as too big an axe. That’s the philosophy of the show, I’ve realized. There’s no such thing as too big an axe!”
This is how Academy Award-winner Frank Darabont describes his Saturn Award winning cable series, The Walking Dead, which will enter its’ sophomore season this fall on AMC.
Darabont and producer Gale Anne Hurd were on hand at the 37th annual Saturn Awards Thursday night and after accepting their award for Best Television Presentation, the duo gave us a few minutes of their time to discuss the show’s second season, including details on Michonne, which Darabont says is coming in the third season. We also discuss films from the whole of Darabont’s career, debunk Nikki Finki’s rumor mill, get an peek into how killing a seven-year old became a mission statement for the show and more. Hit the jump for 10 key quotes and the full audio interview.
The 37th Annual Saturn Awards were held last night. The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films honored the best in film, television, special effects and more. Inception was the big winner of the night, taking home five awards including Best Science Fiction Film. Other winners in the top categories include Fringe for Best Network Series, Breaking Bad for best Cable Series, Let Me In for Best Horror Film, Alice in Wonderland for Best Fantasy Film and Salt for Best Action/Adventure Film.
Hit the jump to see the full list of winners, and don’t forget to check out Collider’s interviews from the red carpet at the event. We spoke with Brandon Routh, Fringe’s Lance Reddick, and producer Dean Devlin.
The second season of AMC’s hit television series, The Walking Dead, started filming earlier this month and we have our first look at day one of shooting. Not much time has lapsed between the spectacular ending of season one and where season two picks up, but it’s a long time for fans to wait. As of now, the second season is slated to premiere in October alongside AMC’s annual Fearfest.
That’s the same time that the first season premiered, but this time around we will be treated to thirteen episodes instead of a meager six. While the show is picking up right where it left off, there have been some huge developments behind the scenes. For more on those developments, what to expect from season two, and your first glimpse at filming, hit the jump.
Though the second season of AMC’s acclaimed zombie-centric series The Walking Dead won’t hit the air until this Halloween, we already have our first look at the second season of powerful drama (and yes, we know it’s not the image above). Though it’s nothing more than your standard zombie image, the eyes on the walker at the forefront of the image just creep me the hell out. Frank Darabont provides some publicity fluff with the photo by saying, “At this moment, I’m standing on a stretch of post-apocalypse interstate in Georgia, littered with abandoned cars and blessing my good luck to be reunited with our amazing cast, and our fantastic directors and crew. Across the board, there are none better. It’s great to be shooting again. I think we’ve embarked on a great season.” Plenty of viewers, myself included, can’t wait to see what happens when the second season takes off in October. See the first look at the second season of The Walking Dead after the jump.
At WonderCon last weekend, Adam Chitwood and I sat down and interviewed The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. We asked him about how his life had changed since the success of the TV show, how they’re planning to up the zombie kills in season two, the upcoming video game, as well as his other comics projects like The Infinite and supporting new comics like Witch Doctor. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.
Last November, we heard that executive producer Frank Darabont had axed the entire writing staff from the first season of AMC’s hit zombie TV series The Walking Dead. It’s been mentioned that the freelance writing method may be employed for the series’ second season, and now we know just who might get in on the action. EW has confirmed that horror author Stephen King has been tapped to write an episode for the series. King revealed the news himself saying that Darabont “has expressed enthusiastic interest for season 2 or possibly 3.”
It’s not surprising considering Darabont has directed three feature length films based on King’s writing. If the deal does come together, King would actually co-write an episode with his son, author Joe Hill, who just recently had Shia LaBeouf added to the adaptation of his novel Horns. Personally, I like the idea of King working with Darabont all over again, mainly because The Mist is one of my favorite recent horror films and the style fits right in with The Walking Dead.
Yesterday at SXSW, Scott Wampler (our Austin contributing writer) got to sit down with director Joe Cornish, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost to talk about Cornish’s first feature film, Attack The Block (which played huge during its midnight premiere last night). While we’ll have the whole interview online later today, one of the gems that came out of their conversation is that Frank Darabont has asked Wright to direct an episode of The Walking Dead season two! While Wright made it sound like he probably won’t do it, it’s still awesome to think that one of my favorite directors might helm an episode of the hugely popular AMC show. For exactly what he said, hit the jump:
It used to be that television was a place for movie actors to retire. TV was considered “second-rate”; a far-away land where actors stood suspended in limbo, waiting to get called up into the big leagues. Now? We’re in the middle of a creative renaissance, where some of the best storytelling is playing out over long-form, serialized TV shows. The home to some of the best original work in the industry is AMC, and last fall the channel took a serious gamble with an expensive show about zombies that had little-to-no star power. And boy did it pay off.
The Walking Dead premiered last Halloween and became the most-watched cable television series in history in the coveted 18-49 demographic. Viewers were surprised to find that the show wasn’t really about zombies at all, but in actuality was a morality tale about the human condition. Any apprehension that The Walking Dead wouldn’t fit with AMC’s intense character dramas Mad Men and Breaking Bad was quickly subdued, and a horror/action/drama series about zombies proved to be a master feat of storytelling. My review of Season One of The Walking Dead on Blu-ray after the jump.
On the hit AMC television series The Walking Dead, actress Laurie Holden plays Andrea, a successful civil rights attorney who was on a road trip with her younger sister Amy (Emma Bell) when the zombie apocalypse occurred. They were stranded in Atlanta when they were rescued by Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) and they’ve been living with him and a small group of survivors ever since, as they fight not to become infected.
With just the finale left in the highly rated first season, and already picked up for a 13-episode second season (which viewers might have to wait until October 2011 to see), the series promises to go out with a bang. In a recent exclusive interview with Collider, Laurie Holden talked about this being her third collaboration with executive producer/director/writer Frank Darabont, how much fun she’s had with the physical side of Andrea, how emotionally draining the work is and how surreal the huge success of the series has been for everyone involved. Check out what she had to say after the jump.