Exclusive: Edgar Wright Has Been Asked to Direct an Episode of THE WALKING DEAD Season 2

     March 13, 2011

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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:

Even though Wright says that, “I really enjoyed the first season, and I wouldn’t wanna be the guy that comes in and fucks it up,” it’s hard to think that he could do such a thing.  After all, Wright has demonstrated that he can helm any type of scene and I’d love to see what cool shots and zombie busting moves he’d showcase if he helmed an episode of The Walking Dead.  So while he makes it sound like he isn’t going to do it, perhaps if enough of us tweet him and write about it online…he might change his mind.  After all, they haven’t started shooting the next season yet and I’m sure if Wright told Darabont that he would do an episode they’d find a way to schedule him.

Here’s the part of the conversation that covered Walking Dead.  Again, look for the entire interview later today.

Collider: Do you have any interest in getting back into TV?  I was a big fan of Spaced.  Would you be willing to take something like that on again?

Edgar Wright:  Yeah, I think, if it was the right thing.  Especially because American TV is amazing at the moment– and so is some British TV.  But it’d have to be the right idea.  If it was something like, “Oh, I have to do this”, sure, or if it was the right idea…something more in an episodic form.

You wouldn’t want to commit to something long-term, then?

Edgar Wright:  Well, I– (stammers)

I’m not offering anything.

Nick Frost:  Yeah, whatta you got?

Edgar Wright: (Laughs)

Nick Frost:  Would you (direct an episode of) House?

Or The Walking Dead would be good.

Edgar Wright:  Frank asked me to do a Walking Dead, actually.  But I feel that there’s some subject matter that, like, even though it’d be great– and I love that show:  I actually watched four of the six episodes uninterrupted in one run; it was like zombie Pringles– I think that with something like that, with some TV shows, you wanna be in on the ground floor.

So you don’t feel like…did you say no?

Edgar Wright:  Well, I really enjoyed the first season, and I wouldn’t wanna be the guy that comes in and fucks it up.

Nick Frost:  You probably would, too.

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