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Darabont rids "The Walking Dead" writing staff, hiring freelancers next season?

Nov. 30, 2010by: Jake Dee

Alright horror scribes, have you written your spec episode of AMC's hit "The Walking Dead" yet? If not, you better get on that shite! If so, here's your chance...

Deadline is reporting showrunner Frank Darabont has decided to forgo the writing staff that worked on the 6-episode first season of "The Walking Dead." This includes the departure of Darabont's longtime wingman Charles Eglee, who also served as exec-producer on the first season. For season number two, Darabont will hire freelance writers on a script by script basis, a model that has seemingly worked in the U.K., namely with the series "Tourchwood."

While writing staffs for TV can often be fluid, ridding a series of an entire writing staff altogether is definitely unusual. With a leap from 6 to the 13 episodes next season (expected next Fall), here's to hoping Darabont again proves he knows what he's doing. Then again, being so adroit at writing himself (he wrote the first two episodes of the series, and has co-written/re-written every since), I'm sure he does!

"The Walking Dead" finale airs this Sunday at 10:00 PM on AMC.

Extra Tidbit: Sarah Wayne Callies (above), who plays Lori Grimes in "TWD", has two feature films in the works, a drama called BLACK GOLD, and a horror/thriller called FACES IN THE CROWD.
Source: Deadline

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9:18PM on 11/30/2010
Probably a terrible idea, TWD and Torchwood aren't similar. Torchwood has self contained episodes whereas TWD is a continuing drama, better to have a team of writers discussing the continuity of the series together, than freelancers writing episodes. Also if this season has done so well why should would you want to get rid of them?
Probably a terrible idea, TWD and Torchwood aren't similar. Torchwood has self contained episodes whereas TWD is a continuing drama, better to have a team of writers discussing the continuity of the series together, than freelancers writing episodes. Also if this season has done so well why should would you want to get rid of them?
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9:22PM on 11/30/2010

She's a hottie.

She also starred as Sarah Tancredi in Prison Break.
She also starred as Sarah Tancredi in Prison Break.
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10:16PM on 11/30/2010

Fine with me

They have already departed enough from the comics and had a few parts that made me lose a little faith. I dont think they needed the addition of the two asshole brothers. The whole nurses and janitors posing as a gang to protect a retirement home had no place in this series. Now they find a guy in a fortress with all the answers. Guh! The comics wrote it for you Frank, now just adapt it.
They have already departed enough from the comics and had a few parts that made me lose a little faith. I dont think they needed the addition of the two asshole brothers. The whole nurses and janitors posing as a gang to protect a retirement home had no place in this series. Now they find a guy in a fortress with all the answers. Guh! The comics wrote it for you Frank, now just adapt it.
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6:53AM on 12/01/2010
"...a model that has seemingly worked in the U.K., namely with the series Torchwood."

But... 'Torchwood' was routinely shite on a week to week basis. Some of the worst genre TV in years, laughably bad in places.

In fact, the only time 'Torchwood' became vaguely watchable was when it killed off most of the main cast, blew up the secret volcano base and the wooden-faced team leader ran off into outer space to the nearest interstellar gay bar to pick up some guy with huge ears.

I suppose
"...a model that has seemingly worked in the U.K., namely with the series Torchwood."

But... 'Torchwood' was routinely shite on a week to week basis. Some of the worst genre TV in years, laughably bad in places.

In fact, the only time 'Torchwood' became vaguely watchable was when it killed off most of the main cast, blew up the secret volcano base and the wooden-faced team leader ran off into outer space to the nearest interstellar gay bar to pick up some guy with huge ears.

I suppose the ears came in handy.
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9:30AM on 12/01/2010

writing tip

For all you freelancers: Remember, Darabont gets off on killing young children.
For all you freelancers: Remember, Darabont gets off on killing young children.
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11:18AM on 12/01/2010
Darabont keeps tight control on this series, so bringing in some fresh blood on a weekly basis may not be a bad thing. I'm not overly worried about this.
Darabont keeps tight control on this series, so bringing in some fresh blood on a weekly basis may not be a bad thing. I'm not overly worried about this.
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