‘Walking Dead’ Creator Frank Darabont Continues to Unleash Sound Bites, Including This One on How TV Became the Hot Medium: Movies, Darabont Says, ‘Have Sucked for Some Years’

Dec 3, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Asked why many actors and filmmakers are turning to television instead of film, “The Walking Dead” creator Frank Darabont tells The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed that it has to do with the low quality of films.

“The other thing is, a lot of the best writing has fled to television because they don’t want it in movies anymore,” Darabont said. “Hopefully the pendulum is swinging back, but I think movies by and large have sucked for some years now because it’s all the special effects extravaganzas, and I don’t give a damn about any of the characters because there’s no writing there.”

Actors “are coming to television for that very reason,” getting roles that they can’t find in feature films, he added.

Darabont, whose new series “Mob City” debuts Wednesday, Dec. 4, on TNT, also said TV is getting darker, allowing “some serious storytelling … with very adult content.”

Asked about his dismissal from AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Darabont said, “The problem is a very complex one; the crux of the argument was a budgetary argument. I’d rather not get into it again.”

On that same topic, Darabont recently called the people who fired him "sociopaths," as we reported previously.

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