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The Walking Dead – Laurie Holden joins the cast

Posted by LiveFor on May 5, 2010

The cast of Frank Darabont’s adaption of the Rober Kirkman apocalyptic zombie drama The Walking Dead has got more brains.

Laurie Holden (The Mist, The Majestic, The Shield, Silent Hill) will be joining the AMC production in the role of Andrea who is good with a sniper rifle and hooks up with Dale in the comics..

Newcomer Steven Yeun has been added to the cast as Glenn. He and Holden join Andrew Lincoln, Jeffrey DeMunn, Sarah Wayne Callies and Jon Bernthal on the show.

Do you think Holden is the right choice for Andrea?

Come on now. Show us the zombies.

Source: THR

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The Walking Dead – Rick Grimes wife has been cast

Posted by LiveFor on May 1, 2010

Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break) has got the female lead role of Lori Grimes in AMC’s adaption of Robert Kirkman’s zombie comic, The Walking Dead. Frank Darabont is directing the series.

Lori Grimes is the wife of the show’s hero, Rick (Andrew Lincoln).

It is getting closer and closer to seeing a photo from the shoot.

Source: EW

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The Walking Dead – Frank Darabont talks about the zombie series

Posted by LiveFor on April 20, 2010

Really looking forward to the Frank Darabont’s (The Mist, The Shawshank Redemption) adaption of Robert Kirkman’s zombie comic. Like many of you I am wondering how close they’ll stick to the comic. Speaking to FearNET Darabont eased some of my concerns. Sounds like they are well into setting it all up and it will be on film not digital.

Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, the graphic novel series, is very much a template for us, and it’s a tremendous opportunity to take the subject as serious as possible, and really as a long-term exploration of characters, which is what television does best when television is really working. That’s our goal, so gosh, I really don’t think that Zombieland is any competition for us nor are we for them.

It’s really going to be I think two different animals. We’re much more beholden to Kirkman, which is a comfortable place to be because he has blazed a fantastic trail for us to follow. We will take detours along that path – we will take steps off the trail – but always wind up veering back onto the trail that Robert provides for us, because it’s fantastic stuff.

Does that source material provide you with a pretty complete template for the rules of that world? Because notwithstanding Zombieland last year, of course there’s a great legacy of zombie films.

Okay, that’s the intimidating part (laughs). Because that actually proves to be actually a deep pool of very, very good stuff. Boy, there’s a lot of good stuff that’s been done. You see all of these home runs along the way and you go, how will I do? I don’t want to posit ourselves as being competition for any of those films, but I hope that we’ll be considered at least in the category of that good stuff as we go along – that it was worthy stuff to do. And I think Robert has given us a tremendous leg up, a head start in that sense.

I think there’s going to be obviously an ongoing dialogue with standards and practices, but I think we have a friendly venue in AMC, if you see the kind of edgy stuff that Breaking Bad is doing, which I adore, by the way. I don’t think we’re going to be lacking for adult content or the ability to depict the world that we’re depicting. I don’t think we’re going to have that many constraints, and if there are they’ll be in minor increments that will not affect the storytelling that we’re doing. It will just give us an opportunity to maybe do an enhanced cut on DVD or something, but I really don’t think we’ll be constrained too far. I’m certainly not getting the sense that AMC is there to interfere; they are a fantastic group of folks, and they’re very excited about this. They really want to enable rather than hinder this process.

I just got off the plane from Atlanta where we’re scouting. We’re in prep right now, we’re casting, and we’re shooting the first of six episodes in June, the top of June. So we’re what, seven weeks out now?

We are right now looking to cast the two female roles in the ensemble. We’ve also just gotten Jeff DeMunn; I’ve always said Jeff DeMunn is my good luck charm, and I can’t make a film without him. We’ve just gotten him on board as one of the ensemble members, which is a great joy for me. One of the great pleasures of doing anything is to be able to reconvene with those colleagues who have the talent and provide you with the comfort zone of great collaborative, positive energy. Not to sound like Andy Hardy here, but if you’re going to go do a show in a barn, do it with people who have really got the talent and are great to work with, and so far that’s all coming together. Not just in the cast end, but on the crew end. I’m working with people I really value and really treasure. And it may not mean anything to the general public, but to have my first A.D. K.C. Colwell on this means the world to me. To have my production designer Greg Melton on this means the world to me. I’m going to get to work with David Tattersall again, and he’s going to shoot the pilot for me. I haven’t had the chance to work with him since The Majestic, so it’s been about ten years, and he is one of the great gentlemen in his line of work, and one of the great talents. All of these people are. So I’m very lucky that way, and these are people that will have your back. They will go the extra mile.

We’re not going to shoot it digitally. We’re going to go old-school – we’re going to go film. I tested all of the different camera systems that are available at the moment because I was very keen actually on trying out the digital approach, and then I realized that I was really going to shoot myself in the foot because I did, simply because the nature of this particular show [made me consider] you want what you’re shooting on to help the make-up instead of hurt the make-up – let’s start there. Hi-def is a little merciless when it comes to these things, so we’re shooting on film. This is going to be a show where people are hiding places and looking out windows and doors and stuff; well, if what’s outside that door is completely blown-out, nuclear white because digital doesn’t have the latitude that film does, you’d better shoot on film because you want whatever is outside to look like outside. You want to see walls and trees, and even if it’s overexposed, there’s a sense of reality to it. if you’re shooting digitally and you point at the door and all there is is white, you might as well shoot on a sound stage and hang a white silk out there. By necessity, you pick the thing that you think will help the show the best, and yeah – we’re going to be shooting old school.

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The Walking Dead – Rick Grimes is cast. It is the Love Actually stalker guy

Posted by LiveFor on April 7, 2010

That’s right. The Frank Darabont directed TV show for AMC based on Robert Kirkman’s excellent zombie comic, The Walking Dead, has got its lead man. That was a really long sentence. I apologize.

Rick Grimes has been cast and it isn’t Johnny Lee Miller or any of the other rumoured actors. Instead they went for another UK actor in the shape of Andrew Lincoln. He was the guy in Love Actually who was in love with Kiera Knightley’s character and did the Bob Dylan thing with the writing on cards. He was also in a TV show called Teachers which was occasionally good.

I hadn’t even considered him for the role of Rick, but he must have got something for them to cast him. I just hope his stuttery jumpy performance from Love Actually isn’t how he portrays Rick.

“Andrew Lincoln, wow–what an amazing find this guy is,” said Robert Kirkman, who wrote the comic book series upon which the series is based. “Writing Rick Grimes month after month in the comic series, I had no idea he was an actual living breathing human being and yet here he is. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how this show is coming together.”

It starts shooting in June in Atlanta, with Frank Darabont (The Mist, The Shawshank Redemption) as writer, director and executive producer.

Do you think Lincoln is the right choice for Rick?

Source: THR

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UPDATED: The Walking Dead – Will Rick Grimes be Sick Boy? 6 episodes ordered

Posted by LiveFor on March 29, 2010

The other day news was out that Jon Bernthal (Night at the Museum 2, The Ghost) was to play Shane in Frank Darabont’s small screen adaptation of the Robert Kirkman zombie comic, The Walking Dead.

Now Bloody Disgusting have news on a possible actor to play the main character Rick Grimes. That man is Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Hackers, Dracula 2000, Eli Stone). Let me get this clear. He hasn’t been cast yet, but is the current favourite. Not sure about the choice, but I think it could work.

The Walking Dead is going to be on AMC who also show Mad Men and Breaking Bad so that should be a good indication that this is going to be a quality show.

Do you think Miller is the right fit for Grimes?

UPDATE: This from THR

“The Walking Dead” will become AMC’s fourth original series with a six-episode order.

“Dead,” based on Robert Kirkman’s popular graphic novels, has been on the fact track ever since AMC acquired the rights to the books in August after a bidding war.

The project, written and directed by Frank Darabont, was ordered to pilot in January, followed by the early series pickup with the pilot still in the casting stages.

“Dead” will begin production in June in Atlanta. The series is set to premiere in October 2010 during AMC’s Fearfest, the network’s annual marathon of thriller and horror films.

Kirkman serves as an executive producer alongside Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert.

Joining the show as exec producer is Charles “Chic” Eglee (“Dexter”).

“AMC strives to make original shows that play like movies and ‘The Walking Dead’ is a perfect complement to the network’s celebrated movie franchise, Fearfest, which has always been an important destination for our audience,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. “With its depth of story and the remarkable talent attached, The Walking Dead gives us an opportunity to raise the bar significantly within this popular genre, and continue our commitment to being the home of premium programming on basic cable.”

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The Walking Dead is good to go. Bring on the Zombies

Posted by LiveFor on January 20, 2010

Not really sure if this is new news, but then I am not to up on how the whole pilot shows in US TV work. We already knew that AMC was developing a TV show based on Robert Kirkman’s excellent zombie comic, The Walking Dead. We also knew that Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist) was involved to direct it.

Now news at THR is that AMC is looking to extend its perfect development record with the pickup of two new drama pilots, the aforementioned “Walking Dead” and “The Killing.”

The Walking Dead chronicles the month and years following a zombie apocalypse. Frank Darabont is the project’s writer, director and exec producer, with Anne Hurd and David Alpert also exec producing. It is a superb comic book and Jinja was kind enough to let me read his complete run of the collected comics.

“The Killing,” from Fox TV studios, is based on the hit Danish series called “Forbrydelsen,” written by Veena Sud, and is set in Seattle. The project ties together three stories stemming from the murder of a young girl.

Both pilots will start shooting in spring. I’ll keep you posted and if anyone involved in the production wants to get in touch for a chat then give me a shout.

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Robert Kirkman talks about The Walking Dead TV show

Posted by LiveFor on September 7, 2009

WalkingDead16Back in the middle of August I posted the news that Frank Darabont was going to direct an AMC TV show of Robert Kirkman’s excellent zombie comic, The Walking Dead. Now CBR have a brilliant interview with Kirkman about the series and it all sounds very promising indeed.

When asked in the past about a “Walking Dead” film, you’ve suggested that a television series would work better. What makes TV a better platform for the series?

ROBERT KIRKMAN: That’s the only thing that really makes sense to me. The thing that makes “The Walking Dead” unique and interesting is that it’s a zombie movie that never ends – that’s the log line or whatever. To do a zombie movie that’s based on that? Kinda dumb. The whole idea behind the book is that it’s a long-term exploration on the characters and their situation and how they’re dealing with these problems over a long period of time, the different things that happen to the characters and how it affects and changes the characters. You can do that in a series of movies, but it’s not ideal. It’s not really common for people to go, “Oh, I’ll buy this thing and commit to making 10 movies based on it!” So, the TV show makes way more sense to me for all of those reasons.

I’m really happy that “Walking Dead” has ended up at AMC. I think it’s a superb network that has a lot of good stuff going on right now, but more importantly has a lot of really big things planned for the future. I’m super excited that “Walking Dead” is now a part of that future.

How did Frank Darabont get involved in the show?

He got involved a long time ago when the show almost happened at NBC. I didn’t really talk about it at the time because everything was very up in the air and I don’t really like to announce things that may or may not ever happen. “Oh, there’s an option on this thing and it’s coming to whatever,” then nothing comes up. So we didn’t make any public announcements about that, but Frank came on board and was going to write and direct the pilot then, and that didn’t end up happening. But he kind of stayed on the sidelines and said, “Hey, if this ever happens, let me know. Let’s do this.” He’s been working to put it together for a good, long time.

I’ve known Frank for a while at this point and he likes the book and has read every single issue. I quiz him from time to time just to make sure he’s staying current! He digs the comic for what it is – he doesn’t think it’s an action thing, he doesn’t think it’s a gory horror thing. When working with different Hollywood people who have tried to develop “Walking Dead” in the past, I’ve been kind of shocked at how easy it is to not get “The Walking Dead.” Frank has really got it. I think it’s in good hands.

How closely is the show going to stick to the comic?

It’ll be 110% faithful in tone, but I don’t know that every single character will be exactly the same and I don’t know if every single character will actually make it into the show, just because there are about 45 characters in the comic so far. But like I said, it’s very early on in the process. We very well could end up with every character in there, I don’t really know. It’s going to be extremely faithful, but personally, I don’t want it to be a shot-for-shot, panel-to-panel translation of the comic book. I think that would be incredibly boring for me and incredibly boring for everyone that reads the book. If it was a cool “Walking Dead” story that featured the characters and all of the cool stuff was in there, but more, different cool stuff gets added in there, I think that’s the best way to do it.

In terms of the story beats, “Walking Dead” is pretty brutal on an emotional level – you lose a lot of the characters that readers have grown to love, almost unfairly at times. Do you think that’s something you can translate to TV?

I don’t know. I don’t work in TV. It seems like it’s doable, but at the same time, if you get a big actor to agree to do a part, you may not be inclined to kill that guy quickly. So, I don’t know. I’m sure that people will die in this, I’m not sure if it’ll be as frequently as in the comic book, because it is kind of brutal.

At the same point, I know that there are a lot of people in Hollywood that are fans of the comic, so it’d be nice if we could get guys that wouldn’t normally do a television series to kind of do something like “The Walking Dead” for a six or seven episode stretch knowing that they’re going to be killed! [laughs] That’s not really a long commitment for these guys, so that is my hope. But like I’ve said, it’s really early on in the process so I don’t know how that will work.

How involved in the show do you plan or hope to be?

If it goes past the pilot, I’ll be writing episodes and looking over the storylines for the series and I’ll be pretty hands on. I will be as hands on as working in comics will allow me to be. If it gets to a point where the work in comics is slowing up, I’ll step back and leave [the series] in the very capable hands of whoever’s working on the show. But I’m an executive producer on the show, so I can be as involved as I want to be. Right now, I want to be very involved, just to make sure it’s as awesome as I think it’s going to be.

My main commitment is to the comics. I want to be the first guy in history that’s gotten a movie or TV deal and continued to put out his comic series uninterrupted. As a fan, I hate it when it’s like, “Oh, that’s awesome, there’s gonna be a TV show… and now the comic is gone. What the F!” I’ve already talked to Charlie Adlard [the artist of “The Walking Dead”] about it and we definitely want to keep the series without interruptions. So, that comes first.

This sounds like it could well be the ultimate zombie tale and hopefully it will get a chance to find its feet. Are you looking forward to The Walking Dead TV show? Who would you like to see star in it?

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The Walking Dead to be a TV series

Posted by LiveFor on August 15, 2009

walkingdeadThis is pretty cool news for fans of great Zombie tales. AMC is venturing into zombie-drama territory with Frank Darabont (The Mist, The Shawshank Redemption).

Variety have the news that they are close to finalizing one of the richest development deals ever with Darabont to write and direct a series adaptation of the Image Comics graphic novel series The Walking Dead, penned by Robert Kirkman. Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Motion Pictures and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion are also on board to exec produce.

The comic is set among a group of zombie survivors of an apocalypse who are led by a police officer, Rick Grimes, in search of a safe place to live. Along the way people die, get eaten, new people join, die and you never know who will be safe.

Joel Stillerman, AMC’s senior veep of programming, production and original content, said the project appealed to the cabler because of “the quality of the storytelling” in Kirkman’s work. The series will stay faithful to the tone of the original novels, he said.

“This is not about zombies popping out of closets,”
Stillerman said. “This is a story about survival, and the dynamics of what happens when a group is forced to survive under these circumstances. The world (in ‘Walking Dead’) is portrayed in a smart, sophisticated way.”

Stillerman noted that the cabler’s annual “Fear Fest” movie showcase around Halloween is one of AMC’s most popular programming events of the year.

“We’ve got an audience that loves this kind of material,”
he said.

Darabont and Hurd pitched the project to AMC and several other outlets. There is no studio attached yet. The duo’s involvement made the project a must-have for the cabler, Stillerman said.

“These are two world-class filmmakers who are also brilliant storytellers with experience in the fantasy genre,” he said.

What do you think of the news? Will it work as a TV show? Is Darabont the man to direct it? Who should star in it?

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