Darabont Looks Back to NOTLD for The Walking Dead

Darabont Looks Back to NOTLD for The Walking DeadOctober simply cannot get here fast enough! Why? Because we’ll have another reason to make that month our favorite time of the year as Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s undead epic The Walking Dead will be enjoying its run! Ready to hear some more from the man himself about what to expect?

Frank recently sat down for an interview with AMC and revealed the following:

I’ve always wanted to do my take on the zombie mythos since I was a kid and I saw Romero’s Night of the Living Dead – the 1968 black and white version,” he tells AMC. “For our zombie show I’m calling that the Book of Genesis, and whenever there’s a question about zombie behavior, I go back to Night of the Living Dead.

He continues, “Here’s my favorite thing: the endless debate among the fans about how fast a zombie can move. There are the folks who just can’t stand seeing zombies running. I’m kind of in that camp, but if you look at the very first zombie in Night – the one in the cemetery chasing Barbara, he gets up to a pretty good jog. I’m keying our zombie behavior off of that film: Whether they’re in a very languid state or they’re on the attack, they’ll move no faster than that first zombie in Night of the Living Dead.

Going back to the Romero classic? I just fell in love with this project all over again.

The Walking Dead is based on Robert Kirkman’s popular comic series. It chronicles the months 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. KNB will be handling the effects, and Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey DeMunn, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, and Andrew Lincoln are all set to star.

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  • Vanvance1

    It’s a perfect alignment of talent and source material. For years I’ve had to reference ‘The Shield’ as the finest written tv show I’ve seen. Sadly ‘The Shield’ is NOT horror and this is. Hope they can meet horror fan expectations.

  • Terminal

    Darabont definitely has his fucking eye on the ball here. The comic has its obvious influence and I’m happy he’s injecting his own flavor in to it. As I’ve said, I don’t expect a 100 percent adaptation, but I trust this will be fantastic. He’s right too. The first zombie in Night did run. He wasn’t a dumb ass sprinter used as a plot device in Dawn 04, but he ran quite well and posed a real threat to Barbara.

    Can’t wait. Seriously can’t fucking wait.
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • G.D.

      “The comic has its obvious influence”

      As a matter of fact, there was a point when Kirkman was planning on naming the book “Night of the Living Dead” because it’s in the public domain.

      Thankfully he didn’t.

      • Terminal

        True, I read that anniversary comic and it was quite insightful. The argument that it’s in the public domain thus anyone would be able to fuck with his comic was interesting. And it was an interesting look at how desperate he was at the time.

        I loved the early vision of The Walking Dead which was set in the fifties.
        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”