In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, “The Walking Dead” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (“The Terminator,” “Aliens”) refuted reports that creator and director of the hit AMC’s show Frank Darabont fired all of the writing staff. She also confirmed that all the principle actors (meaning those, whose characters will survive the first season coming to a close this Sunday) – are signed to the multiple seasons of the zombie series.
Earlier this week Deadline reported that Darabont, creator of “Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile,” had dismissed show’s writers, including “Murder One” co-creator Charles “Chic” Eglee, but yesterday Hurd claimed the statement was untrue. “It’s completely inaccurate,” she told EW exclusively. “[In] the writers’ room, there are people that have set up other projects that will be their first priority if their own series is picked up as a pilot or if it’s a series. I think [Eglee] just decided that he wants to run his own show.”
Hurd also said “The Walking Dead” is likely to be back on the screens in October. “I think Frank and Robert [Kirkman, writer of the “Walking Dead” comic and an executive producer on the show] will sit down early next year, to begin mapping it out.” She also confirmed that “every one of the principal cast is signed up for multiple seasons.”
So looks like we don’t need to worry about the writers and the actors in the show, but there is still concern about Greg Nicotero – the makeup effects legend, who created the great look of the zombies in the TV-series, and even played some of the “walkers” himself. However, it’s rumored that Nicotero wants to debut as director with adaptation of horror novel “Drive-In” by Joe R. Landsdale. “We certainly hope he’ll be back,” said Hurd. “As with everything, it’s subject to availability. But he’s a very important member of the team as are his colleagues at [Nicotero's effects house] KNB. KNB will still be [doing] our makeup effects.”
Hurd admitted that she was impressed by the unexpected success of “The Walking Dead” which scared up the biggest ratings to date last Sunday. “When you think about, it’s still genre, and a lot of people might think, well, it’s a zombie show it’s not for me. But we’ve found that it has broader appeal than initial expectations,” the producer explained.
In the meantime, fans of the show are all excited to see the conclusion of the show’s first chapter, when season finale “TS-19” airs this Sunday.