Zombie Shocker: Report Says Frank Darabont, Creator, Executive Producer, Director of AMC hit ‘The Walking Dead’ Is Leaving as Series Showrunner. Will He Stay with Show at All?

Jul 27, 2011  •  Post A Comment

This news was first reported by Nellie Andreeva at Deadine.com; later James Hibberd at EW.com’s Inside TV blog said that his sources had confirmed Andreeva’s report.

Andreeva’s report adds, "There is speculation that [three-time Academy Award nominee Frank] Darabont might be off the show completely, but I hear talks are still ongoing about him possibly staying on in some capacity."

As to why Darabont would be stepping down from running the show day-to-day after it took him five or six years to get a network interested in the project, Andreeva writes, "I hear that he never quite adjusted to the daily grind of producing a TV series. Last December, he considered forgoing a writing staff for Season 2 and assigning scripts to freelancers but ultimately went for the traditional writing staff model recommended by the network and tapped Glen Mazzara as an executive producer and his No. 2. It is unclear if ‘The Shield’ alum Mazzara, who has showrunning experience, would now step in to run ‘Walking Dead.’ I hear that the behind-the-scenes turmoil has not affected production on the show, which continues as scheduled. Season 2 of ‘Walking Dead’ is slated to premiere Oct. 16."

Both the Andreeva and Hibberd piece note that Darabont, this past Friday, July 22, 2011, was part of a very enthusiastic "Walking Dead" session at Comic-Con.

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