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Frank Darabont Opens Up About Firing The Walking Dead Writing Staff

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frank darabont opens up about firing walking dead writers

Lucy Frank, you got some 'splainin' to do!

Back in December, sources close to the production of The Walking Dead revealed that executive producer Frank Darabont had fired the show's ENTIRE writing staff, and planned to keep it that way for the 13-episode second season, by relying on freelancers.

Now, Darabont has opened up about Walking Dead writer drama. Here's what he had to say about it:

"Let me just begin by stating the obvious: that it was all pretty overblown. It left the impression that I walked in one day and murdered 12 people. Would you like to know how many writers we were talking about? Two."

"My thought had been that they’d under-delivered, and a change was necessary. I had to do too much of it by myself last year, and that was only six episodes. This season, it’s 13 and we’ve hired a fantastic writing staff."

"We hired Glen Mazzara as our Number Two in the room. We consider him our head writer and he’s just a fantastic asset. We’ve also got three other staff writers in Scott Gimple, Evan Reilly from Rescue Me, and Angela Kang. Plus Executive Producer Robert Kirkman, who wrote the original comic book, is also writing for us."

All right, Frank, we suppose that makes sense…just try to keep some of THESE writers on staff for the season, k?

What do U think? Is Frank telling the truth, or is he playing down what really happened?

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12 comments to “Frank Darabont Opens Up About Firing The Walking Dead Writing Staff”

  1. 1

    MARIO, When will this "READ THE REST OF THE ENTRY" STOP???

  2. 2

    As long as the end product is good, who cares?

  3. 3

    It's his responsibility & decision to make. 'Removing' 2 hired staff is hardly headline news. It's better to keep your standards high than keep writers on who aren't coming up with good stuff. Subjective of course, but the writing is pretty fundamental to the whole thing. Why would he keep them on to be nice, if it's gonna undermine the whole project? He has a reputation for producing quality stuff so he probably knows what he's doing.

  4. 4

    Love The Walking Dead Show, sooooo much better than Falling Sky show

  5. 5

    Walking Dead is already written and story-boarded. Just pick up your copy at any comic book store

  6. 6

    They should fire that British guy Lincoln with his unbearably bad american accent and poor acting. HIRE AMERICAN!!

  7. GMB says – reply to this


    "I am Frank Darabount. I wrote Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, easily two of the best and most accurate adaptations from novel to screen. I have final say over who gets to write and who doesn't. ’nuff said."

  8. Bytch says – reply to this


    I loved the concept, I thought the first series was shit, to be honest. I hope the new writers make better sense of good resources and a good concept. Also, I might be alone, but I think I hated every single character in that show…the main "hero" was pathetic. I hope the new writers are better.

  9. 9

    You don't keep people on your staff just because you already hired them. They have to earn their spot and do a good job. That's business.

  10. 10

    i think it's funny how they got rid of almost all minorities in the show. the black guy with black son got sent somewhere different, the whole latino family got sent to another direction, the black lady died in the explosion… the only minority left in the show is the asian boy, the rest of the cast is all white… it's just too much coincidence that half of the cast disapeeared somehow, and 90% of it minority. are the the writers or producers from KKK, nazy or something?

  11. 11

    Re: alexie silver – Oh you KNOW that Asian boys days are numbered. I remember watching the show (with my Asian fiance) & we kept waiting for it. Thats the way it always is, not just with this show, but damn near every horror movie I've ever see too.

  12. 12

    Re: alexie silver – Oh for Pete's fucking sake. Everything is always about racism these days. -eyeroll-