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Six weeks after exiting the show he created, executive
produced and ran, Frank Darabont remains in discussions to continue on with an
unspecified role on THE WALKING DEAD.
Deadline reports that, according to inside sources, Darabont will keep his executive
producer title on THE WALKING DEAD. Negotiations are ongoing, and it’s “in the
hands of the lawyers” representing Darabont and AMC, the source remarked.
Darabont, who is still listed as an executive producer in
the credits for the season premiere, was replaced as showrunner by Glen
Mazzara. “Everything has transitioned really well with Glen,” says writer/executive producer/comic creator Robert Kirkman, who
also addressed Darabont’s displeasure with the show’s reduced budget for season
two. “Anyone who has concerns about how the budget will affect things will be
reassured after they see the premiere. All of our production values [from
season one] are the same if not bigger.”
However, Kirkman also admitted that the cast and crew were
caught off-guard by Darabont’s hasty exit. “Oh sure, it was tough,” he
comments. “It happened. It is what it is. But the truth is Frank remains very
much a part of the second season. He was there from early February through the
time he left [in July] mapping things out. His stamp will be all over it. But
that aside, the attitude is good. Everyone’s 100 percent invested in making the
best TV show that we can.”
THE WALKING DEAD’s second season begins with a 90-minute
premiere on October 16.
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