More than two years after AMC booted him from their runaway hit zombie series, former The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont is going after the network for a huge cut of the show's profits that he claims he was owed all along.
When the showrunner shake-up behind the scenes of AMC's The Walking Dead took place at the start of the second season, fans were left to wonder exactly how co-creator Frank Darabont's departure would affect the surprise hit. Now, with the third season at its halfway point, Darabont's replacement Glen Mazzara has opened up about what actually changed in the writers' room.
The Walking Dead's second season premiered last fall to huge ratings and a fan response even bigger than the series premiere back in 2010. But according to former showrunner Frank Darabont, those same AMC budget cuts that helped drive him from the series also prevented his awesome idea to start season two with a prequel episode that would have put us inside a zombie war zone.
Kurt Sutter, creator of the FX biker gang series Sons of Anarchy, just leapt into the Frank Darabont/Walking Dead controversy, tweeting that "the greed of Mad Men is killing the other two best shows on TV—Breaking Bad and Walking Dead." Tell us what you really think!
Glen Mazzara—a.k.a. the guy who recently stepped into the humongous shoes of former Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont—is keenly aware that fans of the awesomely cool AMC zombie series are afraid he'll screw it up. So he's making us a promise that he won't.
With The Walking Dead about to finish its first season this Sunday, how is executive producer and guiding light Frank Darabont celebrating the show's huge success? By firing the series' entire writing staff.