Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Updated: Frank Darabont Walks Away From 'The Walking Dead'

Frank Darabont will be stepping down as the series showrunner for AMC's 'The Walking Dead' which is now in production on its upcoming second season. Darabont is said to potentially be staying aboard the series in some capacity, though an official announcement has yet to be made.

'The Walking Dead' returns to AMC on October 16th, featuring the cast of feature a cast that includes Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Norman Reedus, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Michael Rooker and Pruitt Taylor Vince.

Update: Executive producer Glen Mazzara is to replace series creator Frank Darabont as the showrunner of horror-drama.

AMC have released the following statement:

The Walking Dead's Glen Mazzara, writer and executive producer, is expanding his responsibilities to assume the role of showrunner. AMC is grateful to executive producer, writer and pilot director Frank Darabont whose contributions to the success of The Walking Dead are innumerable. We continue to discuss his ongoing role with the series.

Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead graphic novels, executive producer and writer on the series, will remain in this role and will continue to steward the brand. Gale Anne Hurd will remain in her role as Executive Producer. The production continues on schedule for an October 16th premiere.