SHOCKING NEWS TONIGHT According to Deadline Frank Darabont, the creator, executive producer and director of AMC's
The Walking Dead, is stepping down as showrunner of the series, which is currently in production on its upcoming second season.
What makes this a strange turn of events is just last weekend Darabont was on hand for the Walking Dead's Comic-Con panel alongde fellow executive producers Robert Kirkman, on whose graphic novel the series is based upon. It has been speculated that Darabont might be off the show completely, but according to Deadline, talks are still ongoing about him posbly staying on in some capacity.
Darabont is the man responble for engineering the zombie saga to the small screen as well as writing and directing the pilot for AMC, and Deadline reports that he never quite adjusted to the daily grind of producing a TV series. Just last December Darabont condered doing without a writing staff for second season and instead asgning scripts to freelancers. In the end he opted with the traditional writing staff model which the network recommended and tapped Glen Mazzara as an executive producer and his No. 2 man. It is still uncertain if The Shield alum Mazzara, who has showrunning experience, would now be the man in charge.
The production of the show still remains on schedule despite all the behind-the-scenes turmoil. Look for Season 2 of Walking Dead to premiere Oct. 16.
How do you think this will effect the show?