For the past several days the Internet has been abuzz with the news that “The Walking Dead” showrunner Frank Darabont had fired his entire writing staff. Now comes clarification from his co-executive producer Gale Anne Hurd as to exactly what did or didn’t go down.
According to EW.com Hurd (pictured below with series star Andrew Lincoln) has refuted the allegation that Darabont — who developed “The Walking Dead” for television and directed the pilot — had let go the show’s writers, including “Murder One” co-creator Charles “Chic” Eglee.
“It’s completely inaccurate,” she told EW. “[In] the writers’ room there are people that have set up other projects that will be their first priority if their own series is picked up as a pilot or if it’s a series. I think [Eglee] just decided that he wants to run his own show.”
As for the suspicion that we won’t see “The Walking Dead” until next October, Hurd said, “I think Frank and Robert [Kirkman, writer of the Walking Dead comic and an executive producer on the show] will sit down early next year to begin mapping it out.” She also confirmed that “every one of the principal cast is signed up for multiple seasons.”
That’s all well and good, but what about the man behind the monsters, Greg Nicotero? “We certainly hope he’ll be back,” said Hurd. “As with everything, it’s subject to availability. But he’s a very important member of the team, as are his colleagues at [Nicotero’s effects house] KNB. KNB will still be [doing] our makeup effects.”
As far as we’re concerned, as long as the cast we’ve grown to know and love AND KNB return, everything should be fine. Tell us what you think below!
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