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WTF? Frank Darabont steps down as "The Walking Dead" showrunner

Jul. 27, 2011by: Jake Dee

What the f*ck is this all of a sudden...

Mere days after dropping all kinds of info-bombs at Comic-Con, "The Walking Dead" showrunner Frank Darabont has decided to step aside.

Word comes from Deadline, which mainly cites the daily rigors of TV production as the cause of Darabont's relief. Remember, he's a feature filmmaker, he ain't used to all 9-10 months of shooting (which is where "Walking Dead" is headed, moving from 6 to 13 episodes in its second season). He also had planned to off his writing staff in place of freelancers, but the studio basically wheedled him into retaining the writing staff model most series adhere to. Guess he wasn't too thrilled.

We're not sure if Darbaont is off the show entirely or if he'll remain onboard in some capacity, but again, this announcement comes as quite a surprise given how excited Darabont seemed to be at Comic-Con last week. No showrunner has been announced as Darabont's replacement.

"The Walking Dead" premieres on AMC October 16th.

"The Walking Dead's" Laurie Holden

Extra Tidbit: What's your initial reaction to Darabont leaving "The Walking Dead"?
Source: Deadline

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10:22AM on 07/27/2011
I'm guessing the show took too much time away from Frank's fantasies about killing children.
I'm guessing the show took too much time away from Frank's fantasies about killing children.
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9:43AM on 07/27/2011

Not surprised

I really Love the walking dead and frank darabont as talent but after hearing how much he was struggling last season with writers not pulling their weight with scripts and having to re write them also him directing the pilot and exec producing things got to much for him plus if you remember the interview joblo posted a little while back about the season 2 rumours he was saying how exhausted he was from the first season I look forward to seeing what he does in the future and I hope the person
I really Love the walking dead and frank darabont as talent but after hearing how much he was struggling last season with writers not pulling their weight with scripts and having to re write them also him directing the pilot and exec producing things got to much for him plus if you remember the interview joblo posted a little while back about the season 2 rumours he was saying how exhausted he was from the first season I look forward to seeing what he does in the future and I hope the person who takes over better not fuck this up
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12:45AM on 07/27/2011
Love LOVE The Walking Dead.

But Frank Darabont is one of the most talented screenwriters in Hollywood and a damn fine director. He should absolutely leverage the success of Walking Dead into becoming a true powerhouse filmmaker like JJ Abrams or Peter Jackson. And if its me, I hope George Lucas ends the feud and brings Frank on to write the next Indiana Jones movie (Darabont's rejected script for Crystal Skull was far superior to the David Koepp awfulness that ended up onscreen.)
Love LOVE The Walking Dead.

But Frank Darabont is one of the most talented screenwriters in Hollywood and a damn fine director. He should absolutely leverage the success of Walking Dead into becoming a true powerhouse filmmaker like JJ Abrams or Peter Jackson. And if its me, I hope George Lucas ends the feud and brings Frank on to write the next Indiana Jones movie (Darabont's rejected script for Crystal Skull was far superior to the David Koepp awfulness that ended up onscreen.)
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