AMC’s The Walking Dead companion series just locked a director for the pilot episode and he’s an Academy Award winner! Adam Davidson snagged the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film back in 1991 for The Lunch Date and, ever since, he’s been racking up TV credits. He’s worked on a slew of shows including Lost, Deadwood, Dexter, True Blood, Fringe, Big Love, Masters of Sex and so many more.
Davidson is expected to start shooting his Walking Dead companion series episode late this year. Hit the jump for more on the show and Davidson.
It’s times like this that I wish I had paid closer attention to who’s directing what episode of my favorite TV shows, but sadly, I can’t remember what went down in Davidson’s episodes of Friday Night Lights, Hell on Wheels or Six Feet Under. However, he did just direct two episodes of DirecTV’s Kingdom, “Glass Eye” and “Set Yourself on Fire,” both of which just aired, so perhaps those are worth tracking down.
The news of Davidson’s hiring comes from Deadline. The outlet also reminds us that the Walking Dead companion series was created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. Erickson will serve as showrunner and executive producer while Walking Dead veterans Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert will all take executive producer credits.
We don’t know much about the situation in the series – minus the whole zombie apocalypse thing of course – but we did get character descriptions that could tease where the show is going.
If you’d like to check out Davidson’s Academy Award winning short film The Lunch Date, we’ve included an embed below. It doesn’t really say much about Davidson’s potential to handle Walking Dead-like material, but it is an extremely pleasant watch.