Frank Darabont leaves Walking Dead, successor named
Frank Darabont, Executive Producer and head honcho on The Walking Dead, has apparently left the TV show.
At least according to Deadline, who report that he will be replaced by his number two (as of season two), Glen Mazzara, now regarded as the head writer on the show (of Crash and Hawthorne fame).
Still, his pedigree certainly isn’t of the same quality as Darabont, who directed some absolute classics such as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.
He was a major draw for the show, and no doubt had a big hand in the way it was beautifully put together. The Walking Dead was certainly one of our favourite pieces of TV to have hit the screen this past year, and we’re very much looking forward to season two.
But like many fans now, the second season – due to air in the States in October and hopefully very soon thereafter in the UK – looks slightly shakier without Darabont on board.
There are obviously concerns that the high standards set by the first zombie-fest could slip as a result. On the plus side, much of the plotting and work has already been done on season two, so hopefully any impact will be lessened.
Mazzara might even prove himself, as Darabont certainly seems to have faith in him. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed, as we’d hate to see The Walking Dead shuffle off into post-apocalyptic mediocrity.
Darabont may stay on in some sort of advisory capacity, however. Some whispers on the net hint budget concerns may have been a reason for his step down, which would bring worries of its own if true.
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