AMC‘s (American Movie Classics) zombie apocalypse series, “The Walking Dead” seemingly was working on all cylinders: It had a great cast, a passionate advocate in Frank Darabont (who also directed the premiere episode, and wrote others), and excellent gore effects by Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero, of KNB EFX Studio.
Though most importantly, the series has the support and backing of AMC, despite having subject matter that’s not quite traditional.
Yet according to Deadline, Mr. Darabont is stepping down as show runner, and potentially leaving the show entirely.
Something’s a bit off about this story, seeing that the series is a favorite of critics, and had just been renewed for a second season. Success isn’t generally rewarded with a firing–which I am not saying happened–but something is going on here a bit beyond the obvious.
It goes without saying that I will keep an eye out for any more info because he was very influential in the direction of the first season, and seeing that that was successful, why change a winning formula?