Robert Kirkman tells Quint about the Frank Darabont WALKING DEAD TV series!!!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Yeah, so I geeked out a little bit on Robert Kirkman. Sue me. The Walking Dead is my favorite comic out right now. We got to talk for nearly 20 minutes about his role in the upcoming AMC series based on his zombie comic, spearheaded and led by Mr. Frank Darabont. We discuss the support the show is getting from the network, the lengths to which they can go on non-pay TV and I was surprised to find out that gore-wise we look to be in good shape. We just can’t expect any f-bombs. Kirkman spilled a few details, including which episodes he’s writing in season 1 and just who the hell Jeffrey DeMunn is playing. I had a lot of fun with this chat and I hope you guys enjoy it, too!
Quint: Hello, sir. How do you do?
Robert Kirkman: I’m doing all right.
Quint: I’m very excited to be talking to you about this because THE WALKING DEAD is my favorite comic book out now, so this is…
Robert Kirkman: And rightly so!
Quint: “Damn right it is!”
Quint: But I have to say upfront that I’m at least two months behind, so anything that’s happened after the group got to the “a little too nice looking” suburb I’m not up to date on.
Robert Kirkman: Well I won’t hold that against you and I’ll do my best not to spoil anything.
Quint: Regardless, I’ll be buying them. What’s kind of funny is that the person who turned me onto THE WALKING DEAD five years ago was Frank Darabont. I had talked with him once or twice and then I bumped into him at a premiere and we got to talking about what he was doing and he said, “Hey, I just got this great comic book, a zombie book called THE WALKING DEAD.” He urged me to check it out, I did and then I got hooked. Now you guys are finally actually getting to make the show.
Robert Kirkman: Yeah, it all worked out.
Quint: I’ve read some of your tweets where you are saying you were location scouting. The impression I get is AMC seems to be really getting behind the show. Is that right?
Robert Kirkman: Yeah, AMC is giving us a huge deal of support and they have already shown that they have a lot of confidence in the show just by immediately picking up the six episode first season without ever even starting to shoot the pilot, which I’m told is fairly unusual, so I’m pretty excited with how the process has been going so far. Everyone’s moving full speed ahead. That’s kind of a fun thing because like you say you talked to Frank like five years ago and there was a time when it was going to be a pilot at NBC, but that kind of fell through and Frank kind of stayed in the picture and kept in touch with me and did his best to do things behind the scenes to try and get it made because he really likes the comic and I think was really gung-ho about making it. The funny thing to me is five years went by and it was a little bit more than a year ago when Frank called me and said “Hey, I think AMC is interested in this.” They optioned it in September of last year, I think, and then in January they were like “Hey, we are making the show.” Then from January up until now, it has been nonstop. It just cracks me up how things can move so slowly and then as soon as they decide to make a show it’s like a hundred things happening at once. So right now it’s like full speed ahead and they are moving forward with this pilot. They are going to be shooting all summer for the first six episodes. Frank is in Atlanta right now doing prep, so he’s kind of hard at it. They start shooting in, I think, a week.
Quint: That’s crazy.
Robert Kirkman: It’s pretty exciting. And then I’ll be going down there for that, so I’m looking forward to it.
Quint: Are you looking to have any sort of involvement in the show?
Robert Kirkman: You know what, I’ll give you guys a little bit of a… I think it might be an exclusive. I don’t think anybody has talked about it yet and I don’t know why it would need to be kept a secret or anything, but I’m actually writing the fourth episode in the six episode first season, so I’ve been spending time in the writer’s room and working with them plumbing out the season. I just turned in my outline for the fourth episode a week or so ago. I’m going to be pretty involved in the series up to the point of actually writing a few episodes here and there, hopefully as we move into the second season. So yeah, it’s pretty exciting.
Quint: That’s great. It’s got to be a completely different beast than your standard script duties for the book. Is it an hour long show or half hour?
Robert Kirkman: It’s an hour long. It’s a little bit different. I’ve done screenwriting before… Also, the writers room is a very useful tool and they will be there to say, “Yeah, that script doesn’t look like a television script, it looks like a comic script. You need to change this around,” so I’ll be leaning on them quite a bit as I kind of learn the ropes. They are all great guys who are really supportive, so I’m pretty excited about that. I do need to clarify, just a second ago I said something about “As we move into the second season.” I don’t want to give you the impression that that’s already been picked up or anything. Everyone on the show is just assuming that it’s going to get a second season. We are all pretty optimistic because we know how good the show’s going to be, but I don’t want you to say “Oh, it looks like he slipped!” I don’t want you to think it’s been picked up or anything because that’s definitely not the case.
Quint: No worries. It’s always good to clarify. I wouldn’t have announced it like that or made a big deal of it, but I think you might have had some fans pick up on that.
Robert Kirkman: Exactly.
Quint: Considering that even JJ Abrams, who created one of the most popular shows ever, had to shoot a pilot before the network committed to his new series it’s pretty spectacular that AMC’s going in sight unseen?
Robert Kirkman: I really have to give that to Frank Darabont. His vision for this show is so unique and the pilot script is so strong that I think that that’s why AMC got behind it so quickly. I think Darabont’s hand in this is the thing that is driving it. I think that he’s going to turn this into a pretty awesome television show.
Quint: I know this is going to come across totally as me kissing your ass, but he’s got such great material to work with.
Robert Kirkman: Look, I’m not denying that either!
Quint: (laughs) The character work in the comic is the reason why I love it so much and the reason why I have been an avid reader since issue 24. I love that there have been whole issues of people sitting in a room talking and I found that to be just as engaging as the action issues, where Michonne’s chopping off zombie heads left and right.
Robert Kirkman: Thanks man. I really appreciate that. I get complaints sometimes when I do those “We are going to sit in chairs in this issue” kind of issues, but it’s good to know that people appreciate that stuff because for me the fun of it is having people sit there and talk about what kind of cereal they like to eat while all of this zombie stuff is going on.
Quint: The reason why you can get away with that is because you have set up a world where nobody is safe, absolutely nobody is safe. There have been people that have died in your books that have blown me away. When you have those crazy moments… if somebody gets bit or killed, they are so effective because we have grown to know them in those quiet moments. Your material in Darabont’s hands I think is such a fantastic combination and that’s why I’m so excited for the show.
Robert Kirkman: Yeah, I think it’s going to be something that people haven’t really seen on television before, so that’s pretty exciting to me.
Quint: AMC has, obviously, been very supportive, but what can you get away with on AMC, in terms of graphic language and the intensity of the violence and stuff like that?
Robert Kirkman: You know, we just had a long meeting about this. There are some language restrictions. You’re not going to be dropping the F-bomb on AMC, which is fine. It’s not like if no one ever said the “f” word in WALKING DEAD the comic book, people would miss it. I think the best way to put it is if you have ever watched BREAKING BAD…. they push the limit in BREAKING BAD quite often. There’s severed heads on the back of turtles, there’s liquefied bodies falling through ceilings, somebody just got their head blown off recently. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there’s very graphic nasty stuff that’s on BREAKING BAD all of the time and the thing that I was very excited to learn about AMC is that there is no limitation to how much of that you can have per episode or per hour or per minute.
Robert Kirkman: Anything you have seen in BREAKING BAD we can do every minute of our show. And then also there’s a lot of things you can get away with, because they are zombies, so you will be seeing all kinds of cool stuff that you would expect to see in THE WALKING DEAD: THE TV SHOW, so while it isn’t a pay cable channel, I think that people are still going to get what they want.
Quint: That’s good, because having a neutered zombie show is definitely not ideal, especially when you have people like KNB on board who can tear people up pretty good.
Robert Kirkman: Oh yeah. Nicotero has already been doing make-up tests on all of the zombies and there’s a bite test that I’ve seen. There’s a head shot test… So there’s all kinds of cool stuff that he’s already done on the show that just looks amazing.
Quint: I haven’t seen anything yet, but I’ve heard that Nicotero’s zombies are very Adlard-ish.
Robert Kirkman: Yeah, they are very true to the comics.
Quint: That makes me happy. I’m telling you, I’m a real deal fan. I have about four or five pieces of Charlie’s original art from the series.
Robert Kirkman : Only four or five? Come on, man…
Quint: I’m saving up for a good zombie splash. Those are a little bit pricey.
Robert Kirkman: I would recommend buying them before October.
Quint: Yeah, believe me I’ve been thinking about that. I noticed at WonderCon that all of THE WALKING DEAD art that you could find on the floor this year was significantly more expensive than it was last year.
Robert Kirkman: That’s unfortunate… for Charlie. (laughs)
Quint: Here’s a question that I know a lot of fans have asked… I’ve seen this pop up a lot in our talkback. Has there been any talk at all about shooting the show in black and white?
Robert Kirkman: No, no there isn’t. I have a concern that if people were flipping the channels and they saw something that was in black and white, they might think it was an old movie. It’s just something that’s usually not done on television and while I think it’s neat and I know Darabont likes black and white a lot, that’s why there’s a black and white version of THE MIST on the DVD and he wanted to do the movie in black and white originally. I don’t know that there’s going to be a black and white version of the show on the DVD. There might be, but it just doesn’t make sense as a television show for a lot of reasons. One of the things that I’m really adamant about is I want this to be the best show possible and I don’t want there to be any kind of limitations on the show where they are trying to mimic the comic book. I think black and white would be limiting the show only for the reason of making it more like the comic book. And I kind of like that the show is going to be somewhat different than the comic, so that it will be a different experience for people who like the comic and read the comic. I’m fine with it being in color and I think it’s going to be great. Now it’s not going to be a rainbowy bright color kind of show because I know they are doing a lot of visual stuff to kind of dull things down and not put a lot of bright colors on screen and make it visually interesting and fit the tone of the story, but it’s not going to be black and white.
Quint: I’m kind of in that camp with you as well. I think it’s a neat idea, but also at the end of the day I really do like the fact that these are two radically different mediums telling the story in different ways. Honestly the characters are what’s important, not so much the color palette of the world, so if the characters are brought over, that’s what matters. Do you think that the show is going to catch up to the books at some point? Or do you think that you are always going to be a step ahead of the show with the comics?
Robert Kirkman: Well, one of the many cool things about the show is that while it is going to follow the comic book to a pretty close degree, there’s going to be things that happen in the show that have happened in the comic and most of the characters are there and if the characters aren’t there initially, there will be more characters from the book added in as we go on, but the show is going to have new characters that aren’t in the comic. It’s going to have differences in the storyline and so there’s going to be things in the comic that it just never touches on and it’s really going to be “There’s the television story and then there’s the comic book story,” so as far as catching up to the comic series, it’s not really going to be possible because as time goes on they are not going to be really following the same story. Now we will probably eventually see The Governor because that is a big part of the comic book. So, there’s cool stuff like that that will definitely be making into the show if we continue on, but it’s not going to follow the comic book story for story. So, it’s probably not going to really catch up to it and hopefully it will go in a completely new direction, so that it will be two separate stories that people can enjoy together.
Quint: I guess the last thing that we should probably talk about regarding the TV show is the cast, which is starting to bit by bit come out. I think the last ones I saw were Jeff DeMunn and Laurie Holden coming on board. I think those are really interesting people. I like that they are Darabont regulars. Have you gotten to weigh in at all? Has Frank asked your opinion on any of this stuff or is this kind of off in his world?
Robert Kirkman: I got to see most of the screen tests and a lot of the readings and I saw the different actors that tried out for the different roles and I would kind of hang back and enjoy them and let Gale Anne Hurde and AMC and Frank… You know, they know acting and they know actors and they are the ones actually making the show. I had input, but I wasn’t really going to come in and tell them “I like this guy” because I don’t know anything about acting! “That guy” could be really horrible! I know what I like and I know what I don’t like, but I’m no expert. So basically they would come to me and they would say… for instance with Andrew Lincoln “This guy is really great. We really like him. Do you see him as Rick? What do you think about him?” In the case of Andrew, I was like “He’s perfect.” His screen test was great. He’s a really good actor. He’s not too terribly recognizable, so it’s not like I’m going to be sitting there “Oh no, that’s not Rick, I’ve seen him in other things,” so he was perfect and I responded and said “Yeah, that guy’s awesome. I would totally love it if he was Rick.” So they cast him. Now maybe they did that just because of me, you know. Maybe I got that guy the part, but probably not. (laughs) So I was definitely involved and I basically loved everyone that they picked and so I don’t know how influential I was on the casting at all. I think Jon Bernthal is excellent, Sarah Wayne Callies is great, and Jeffrey DeMunn is awesome. I was so thrilled. He was great in THE MIST, so yeah I’m really excited about the cast. I can’t wait to meet all of these people and annoy the shit out of them on the set. It’s going to be awesome!
Quint: (laughs) And you get that right too. “This is mine suckers, you’re going to have to put up with me!”
Robert Kirkman: (laughs) I’m going to see if I can get a photo of me wearing Dale’s… Jeffrey DeMunn, who I guess I just revealed is playing Dale, which for some reason they never printed out and people were speculating as to who he was playing.
Quint: Yeah, well who else is he going to play, really?
Robert Kirkman: Yeah, it’s pretty obvious, but I’ve got to get that hat. I’ve got to wear that hat!
Quint: Oh yeah, that little fisherman hat or whatever? The kind of grandfatherly fisherman hat that he wears all of the time, yeah.
Robert Kirkman: Yeah!
Quint: So outside of the show what else do you have on your plate right now?
Robert Kirkman: What else have I got on my plate? Well, I’ve got all kinds of stuff going on. I’ve got my INVINCIBLE series still going strong. INVINCIBLE and THE WALKING DEAD will be hitting their 75th issues in July. They are running a little behind scheduled right now. I think WALKING DEAD is actually going to catch up and ship on time, but INVINCIBLE is probably going to ship in late August. But we’ve got the big 75th issues going and INVINCIBLE’s got the big Viltrumite War storyline going, which has been building up in the books since issue one. Do you read INVINCIBLE at all?
Quint: I have read the first two of the graphic novels. I picked those up around the same time that I picked up WALKING DEAD, but there seemed to be more INVINCIBLE graphic novels for some reason and I was poor and I had to make a choice.
Robert Kirkman: For shame!
Quint: I liked what I read!
Robert Kirkman: Yeah, but I have an INVINCIBLE spin-off called THE GAUDIANS OF THE GLOBE that’s coming out in August, so that’s coming up and my ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN series is coming to a close with issue 25 and I’ve got that book that I co-created with Todd McFarlane called HAUNT that has been going strong. It sill be reaching it’s one year anniversary in October and we are going to be doing something special for that, so you know I’ve got a bit of stuff going on. I’m sure I forgot some things, but you know.
Quint: So, what you are basically saying is you’re just lazy.
Robert Kirkman: Pretty much. (laughs)
Quint: Cool man. That sounds great and I’ll have to catch up on INVINCIBLE, so next time we talk I wont be so embarrassed for having not read it or been completely caught up.
Robert Kirkman: That’s all right. It starts getting good on the third volume, so give it a shot.
Quint: Nice. Well good luck with the series. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to it. And hey… All I’m saying is I was a zombie for George Romero… If you guys want a fat geek zombie, I’m around.
Robert Kirkman: (laughs) Which movie were you in?
Quint: I was in LAND OF THE DEAD.
Robert Kirkman: Oh cool. Well, good luck with it.
Quint: Cool, man. Again, good luck to you guys. I really think this show has a lot of potential.
Robert Kirkman: I think it’s going to be great. I think people are going to be really blown away by it, so I’m pretty stoked.
Quint: Thank you so much for your time. I really appreciate it.
Robert Kirkman: All right cool, thanks a lot and maybe I’ll see you on set.
Quint: Fingers crossed!
As a giant Walking Dead nerd this conversation was fascinating for me. I think what Kirkman was saying about the series sticking close to the comic in style and character, but maybe not so much in plot could be tremendous. Don’t get me wrong, I want to see Michonne get her revenge on The Governor and I hope they don’t wuss out on some of the more shocking deaths in the story… and Goddamnit, Rick has to lose a hand at some point or I’m gonna be piiiiiiisssssssseeeeeeedddddd. But as someone familiar with the books I’d love to have some series-only storylines that are new to me, especially if Kirkman has a hand in them. Lots of nice little tidbits in there. Hope you guys enjoyed it. I’d love to visit the set in the same capacity I did THE MIST… photos, in-depth near-live blogging of the events as they unfold, etc, (Click here to revisit that series of articles) but I have no idea if I can swing that again. I’ll try my damndest, though! -Quint firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Me On Twitter
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May 26, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST
May 26, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST
*sigh* Oh well, I still think it would have been awesome. Stoked as hell for this series!
May 26, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST
Guess we know why he's been a bit behind on the series...busy guy. Can't wait for the show...no minute to minute limit, that's good. F word...that's acceptable, although they can still do the bleeping out a la Breaking Bad if they really wanted. And Quint...get on Invincible. I'm not caught up either, but go for the hardcovers, with plenty of extra artwork.
May 26, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST
Seriously though, how can anyone survive a zombie apocalypse and not say fuck????
May 26, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST
instead of keeping it an ongoing series. Preacher, Y: The Last Man, The Boys, and many other series were so great because they had a specific story to tell with an end date.
May 26, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST
by Stereotypical Evil Archer
Sounds promising, which means it's going to get my hopes high, disappointment will follow, then I'll come around and watch it, and love it by the end of season 2 and then they'll cancel the damn thing.
May 26, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST
May 26, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST
May 26, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST
You should have asked if a live action Invincible will ever be possible.
May 26, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST
But AMC has proven trustworthy in its selection of shows. I'll be checking this out.
May 26, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST
by Toe Jam
I just reached the end of the ninth collected volume, and if they have the balls to commit to screen the end of that volume -- most of you fans will probably know what I am talking about -- I will be VERY impressed.
May 26, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST
May 26, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST
TV series for me. Wouldn't mind it having a grainy desaturated palette like the ROAD.
May 26, 2010, 11 p.m. CST
Breaking Bad has been the best show on air for years now and a lot of that had to do with how much artistic freedom AMC allows. This will mean great things for Walking Dead. Not to mention that they've said "Fuck" on Breaking Bad at least once. So it's not completely out of the question. Great interview by the way, Quint.
May 26, 2010, 11:02 p.m. CST
breaking bad is my new lost(has been for awhile)
May 26, 2010, 11:04 p.m. CST
Sorry, wrong show. I have to disagree with you Quint. A handless Rick is cool in the comics, but in real life? They don't have the budget to digitally remove it every episode, so that means he'll run around with a goofy fake stump, which never, ever works. I'll be happy if they just cripple the hand, maybe take some fingers.
May 26, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST
It'll be shown in the UK. It has Egg from "This Life" in it as Rick Grimes. I wonder what his american accent will be like.
May 26, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST
I know the first season of BB on dvd had some nudity and the use of "fuck." Maybe they will do the same with the season release of The Walking Dead, when the time comes.
May 26, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST
Why would you even attempt to do a show like this on fucking network television? No F-bombs means no graphic gore so what's the fucking point? Oh, that's right, Darabount's career is in the shitter. Yeah, I liked The Mist, but he hasn't had a hit films since 1999 with The Green Mile.
May 26, 2010, 11:30 p.m. CST
In the Breaking Bad podcast, Vince Gilligan said AMC will allow them one 'fuck' per season (with a *bleep* of course, but you can SEE they are saying the word). Hope that helps out.
May 26, 2010, 11:46 p.m. CST
This fucking guy made a brilliant first film and then everything since has sucked all kinds of unique anus. I mean seriously, why isn't he doing magic tricks on wine commercials. If CreepyThinMan and I agree on something you know it is pretty much fact. The show will be gone in 6 and a footnote. Fact.
May 26, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST
Couldn't ask for a much better marriage of producer/director and material than Darabont and The Walking Dead. Plus KNB? Plus Jeffrey DeMunn as Dale? Could very quickly become the greatest horror series ever.
May 26, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST
This isn't network TV. Cable... BIG difference. If you'd watched any Breaking Bad or The Shield, you'd know they can get away with a LOT on AMC. Hardcore nudity? No. Frequent F-bombs? No. But pretty much anything else is fair game.
May 27, 2010, 12:01 a.m. CST
I'm getting more and more excited for this every time I read something new. Helps that Kirkman is involved, for sure. I actually read all four of the guys current books. Crazy.
May 27, 2010, 12:26 a.m. CST
I'm a ginormous Walking Dead fan, and am totally up for this series. The only thing that sucks is that - like Quint - I bought some original Walking Dead art last year (for me at last years New York Comic Con), and while it was relatively cheap then, I'm guessing I might not quite be able to afford any new stuff this year. BTW - for anyone who thinks that AMC means a neutered series in comparison to an HBO or Showtime series, I would posit that you need to watch yourself some Breaking Bad. Yeah, AMC has SOME restrictions, but they're hardly shackling the artistic vision of their show runners, and The Walking Dead has never been a particulary foul mouthed book anyway. If they can get away with the gore (which Kirkman is saying they can), then I don't see any issues there.
May 27, 2010, 12:39 a.m. CST
...series re-watch (yeah, yeah - hate, hate, I suck, yadda, yadda) and I've been pretty amazed by what they were able to get away with on basic cable from 97-03 with that show. It makes a lot of what's on TV now seem rather silly. I'm quite sure that if they get the sets, locations, cast and tone of the story right with The Walking Dead that any gore will just be a visual bonus. If Kirkman thinks it will be enough I'm fine with it, anyway.
May 27, 2010, 1:13 a.m. CST
by Olsen Twins_Fan
You made him laugh Quint. It's right there in the transcript.
May 27, 2010, 1:40 a.m. CST
TWD proceeds as was foretold. all will be well come october
May 27, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST
It is pretty fucked up that you can show all kinds of messed up violence, yet you are not allowed to say a single word; fuck!
May 27, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST
playing Rick? Wow, where'd that come from??
May 27, 2010, 3:31 a.m. CST
The grain will make it feel more real, like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Please shoot it with all the curse words and gore you would if it was moviebound R rated film. You can cut that shit out for the TV version, and put it back in when you sell the dvd set. It would give fans another reason to buy the show. Honestly though i wish you would keep the curse words and just bleep over them. South park does that shit and no one bats an eye, yeah the first few bleeps would seem wierd but after a while. We would adjust.
May 27, 2010, 3:35 a.m. CST
I hate that shit so bad! If you want to change the colors do it on set with lights and gels, and yeah I'm saying shit I have no buisness to say, but god damnit. All these clean films super sharp films now and the fucking digital color pallet tricks. Fuck that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 27, 2010, 3:41 a.m. CST
I just ordered the first volume. Not huge on zombies though.
May 27, 2010, 4:38 a.m. CST
When he started talking about how there would eventually be a "TV Walking Dead" and a "Comic Book Walking Dead" and how they would probably eventually get to the governor, I realized that they may have already decided that killing off the pregnant wife of the hero is going a little too far. Which would be a shame, because that scene and the psychotic break following it is some of the best, most shocking stuff the series has to offer.
May 27, 2010, 4:44 a.m. CST
He's so fucking talented, but the youth-obsessed Hollywood won't hire him for better projects 'cause he's over 40! The studios are fucking shit, hiring only under-30 MTV directors!!!!!!!!
May 27, 2010, 5:20 a.m. CST
You don't suck, the first couple seasons of Buffy were awesome. Back when vampires were cool. Seriously, Twilight has ruined everything with it's Eurotrash sparkly princesses. Also, I'm looking forward to this, because Walking Dead is one of the most visceral comics I've ever read. I hope they don't get all wimpy when it comes to the fates of characters. Watering down the story will take away the shock value and what makes it special...
May 27, 2010, 6:14 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
May 27, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST
A big, tentpole movie with a huge ass budget. No 16mm shit either. I want to see Yonkers as clean, clear and horrific as was described in the book.
May 27, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST
by The McPoyle Clan
and how cable does business is far more accurate than Kirkman's impression.<br><br>Breaking Bad tackles what some may considering a touchy subject, but it's not a consistently violent or bloody show, and its use of language conforms to the context of the situation. If anything, they've become a little more conservative this season by airing a disclaimer before the more violent episodes.<br><br>By contrast, FX has always aired a disclaimer for every show, after every break, in keeping with the more liberal standards they have.<br><br>WD will help establish how far AMC is really willing to go.
May 27, 2010, 6:49 a.m. CST
I hate Zombieland... it's such a fucking piece of fluff.
May 27, 2010, 6:52 a.m. CST
WWZ was awfully cheesy at time, and man was it poorly written. Maybe it can be made into a decent movie, but the source material is pretty shoddy. <p> Walking Dead, on the other hand, is one of the finest zombie series out there in any medium. I'm looking forward to this.
May 27, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST
zombieland, this, are there more that have been filmed there?
May 27, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST
May 27, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST
Everyone does zombie movies better than Romero now!
May 27, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST
One of my fav comics these days. Only 6 episodes? Hopefully they'll get a 2nd season with 13.
May 27, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST
I'm a brit so have seen him in all sorts. As Rick? You've gotta be kidding me.... He's not the greatest actor in the world (sorry Andrew)..
May 27, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST
a black and white version wasn't because it's black and white in the comics. I just thought it's easier to do convincing gore and zombie effects in black and white. <p> But if he's seriously telling us the truth that there is NO LIMIT to the amount of violence they will accept on AMC, then I'm okay with the colour. I'll just have to accept that zombie makeup always looks fucking stupid.
May 27, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST
And really there isn't a good reason not to get an American actor in the role, surely? <p> I can't see why AMC wouldn't run the repeats in black and white. They might double their audience....
May 27, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST
the trades when they come out. <P> It just kicks so much ass. Easily the best take on the genre ever. <P> QWuint take his advice on Invincible also. That book is spectacular. <P> Also, have you ever noticed that Kirkman has no ears? Look at a picture sometime.
May 27, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST
Agreed. I check images site every week to see when the ne one hits.
I also collected the whole series issues. From 1 till now. And my #1 and #2 are 9.8 graded
May 27, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST
There's something about black and white that gives a film a sense of atmosphere that you just cannot get in color. I would love for the series to be in black and white, but I know that commercially it's just not feasible.
May 27, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST
"I was surprised to find out that gore-wise we look to be in good shape. We just can’t expect any f-bombs." it's fine and dandy to show all the blood and guts and violence you want, but oh my, don't you dare say THAT WORD! some poor little kiddie might hear! america really needs to fucking relax.
May 27, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST
i just read the title and now i need to clean the splooge up off the floor before i read the interview.
May 27, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST
by sean bean
Kirkman has always said that Walking Dead is an ongoing series with no end point. So I guess that means it's going to run until he gets bored of it, is unable to do it or it stops making money. I agree that this is starting to hurt my enjoyment of the series. Take the current arc, where the survivors are holed up in the "too good to be true" village. For me, this is the first time the series has flagged. The set-up inevitably going to fall apart at some point, otherwise there's no series. Then whatever survivors are left will have another perilous trip and find another location to hole-up in. It's starting to get a bit formulaic. The first 60 issues are fantastic, however.
May 27, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST
Thats one element that makes the comics so great,it IS different then anything else.
May 27, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST
Max Brooks used zombies as a metaphor much more adeptly than Kirkman. The comic is worth reading, but it is grossly overrated by it's fans.
May 27, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST
There will be no f-bombs I have forgiven Sons of Anarchy for that so I can forgive you but I demand my violence! I want headshots! I want decapitations and I want spraying arterial blood!
May 27, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST
Kirkman is writing 1/3 of the episodes? FUCKING-A RIGHT!
May 27, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST
by Mr Lucas
I would imagine that pretty much every TV drama goes through a digital colouring process. I could be wrong but I'd be surprised if it wasn't the case. It was interesting to see the Colourist at work on the recent Doctor Who Confidential.
May 27, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST
WWZ and TWD are completely different. The only thing they have in common are zombies, so don't even make yourself look stupid by trying to compare them. Besides, TWD is better, and if you had actually read it all you would know that.
May 27, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST
WWZ is great because it deals with the macro and the micro of what happens with a full scale zombie invasion. It was well researched and I found it compelling. It seemed very realistic. It would make a great movie or Mini Series. Kind of like the Longest Day or something like that.
May 27, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST
by Read and Shut Up
...Kirman's arrogance or your non-stop butt smooching (and desperation - "I was a zombie in a Romero film! Do YOU need a zombie? Do you? Huh?"). <p> <p>However, there's no doubt this series will kick ass, ass and more ass.
May 27, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST
translation: oh, gawd. I'm stuck in a publicity booth with a weirdo.
May 27, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST
I actually prefer that there is no end in sight. Kirkman always said he wanted to know what happened after the zombies attacked. Life goes on, and so does the comic.
May 27, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST
Is kind of weird - some of the most had-hitting stuff in the book has been the emotional impact of the events rather than the actual physical events <br> <br> For example, without givin too much away , there was a recent issue where Rick's kid something pretty shocking, in fact spurred on by something equally shocking by another kid. I'm being coy here but if you read it you'll know what I mean. The shock of those two events was what happened & how these kids had come to this, rather than actually seeing the event <br> yeah you need to see some zombie biting action but you can get away with a lot of stuff - Supernatural's recent zombie ep had loads of headshots and that's on a wee girl's channel. <br> Admittedly they probably had to save up their gore allowance like pennies but still... <br> <br> Or actually the 'famine' episode of Supernatural had an even more brutal opening, lot of people saying they felt sick after that shit but really it was all done with sound and suggestion, you didn't actually SEE anything except a bit of fake blood <br> I'm telling you man, as long as they get the character stuff right, you won't need to see graphic onscreen violence & if you think you will, I'm guessing you'll be disappionted, this isn't going to be the show or book for you.
May 27, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST
For fucking fucks sake I wrote that like one-handed Rick, too many typos, sorry
May 27, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST
just base the story from the dark days comic and you are sure to have a hit on your hands.
May 27, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST
Quint and Kirkman said good bye four times. He wanted you to go, Quint. A quick "Thanks for your time and the best of luck on the show" would have suffice. But that awkwardness was worth all the nugets we about the show. AMC is starting to build a nice block of shows. With Conan going to TBS I wonder how it'll transform basic cable channels.
May 27, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST
I was pretty adamant about it having to be in B&W but after reading Kirkman's explanation I feel more reasonable about the whole thing :)
May 27, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST
I'll be happy.
May 27, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST
Sounds like the guy doesn't realize that "Land of the Dead" has already come and gone.
May 27, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST
Rick Grimes has literally been through sheer hell. He has to become very brutal very quickly. In a matter of weeks he sees that to survive he must become very callous. His expression is worn and haggard from the horrors he has been forced to see and commit. Eventually he starts losing his sanity but has to hold himself together to protect what's left of his family. Also, though this is less important, Rick is a Kentuckian, and would talk with the appropriate regional accent. No way some rom-com actor from Love Actually and British TV is going to be able to play Rick, he looks and sounds way too soft. Most English actors are just going to be wrong, not look or sound hard enough. To an American audience, English actors or Englishmen in general are accorded tremendous respect based on the stereotype of British people being perceived as sounding sophisticated, well mannered, cultured, intelligent, and posh, but they are not perceived as macho or tough. They are viewed as effete, not mean or badass. The exceptions are Brits who fit a very "hooligan" mold, like Sean Bean or Jason Statham. Vinnie Jones would obviously be right at home on the Walking Dead, although he would sound nothing like a Kentucky native. An accent coach can teach a Brit to talk in the standard southern redneck stereotype accent, but people from Kentucky don't sound like that. They're more midwest than southern. So this guy would have to do a lot of accent work, from what I've heard of him in interviews on youtube. I'm amazed that Kirkman himself says he was perfect for the role, I'm very dubious about that. Hope I'm wrong though, because I love this comic series.
May 27, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST
While it's a shame it can't be in B&W, that's the nature of the industry. Just because we would understand and appreciate the artistry in that decision, the rest of brain dead America would never give it a chance. It's a shame that filmmakers have to cater to those uneducated twats, but in the end it's a business first and that's where the money is. Our only hope is that it will be in B&W on the Dvd/Bd, but since it's not being composed for it, it may not look that good anyway.
May 27, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST
This is all.
May 27, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST
is the property I'm waiting for....could take or leave TWD. The first 20 or so issues were great, then it spun down into a mediocre series.
May 27, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST
Darabont was supposed to do an adaptation of Robert McCammon's Mine - great book, potentially awesome movie.
May 27, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST
Currently re-reading 'Speaks The Nightbird'. Matthew is just the best character ever; like a backwoods, colonial Sherlock Holmes.
May 27, 2010, 11:30 p.m. CST
Thats the whol thing that drew me to this comic. Becuase pretty much every Zombie movie is. Zombies appear. Eat everyone. Ends (with maybe a survivor or 2). Whereas the Walking Dead is all about what happens after that, the stuff we never get to see including (yep even in post zombie world) normal everyday boring mundane stuff. Brilliant
May 27, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST
...in that first graphic. Do it.
May 28, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST
May 28, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
Man- most anticipated show of 2010! If this show is done right, it will be HUGE! Nobody has touched a zombie series before... and with the zombie genre being so popular- Walking Dead could be mega! Kinda annoyed it's only a 6-episode order. I would liked to seen 11-13- HBO style. Fuck yes!
May 28, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST
but not as much as Robert Kirkman loves himself.
May 28, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST
May 28, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST
I can't be the only one concerned about this.
May 28, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST
Almost every cable channel does an immediate replay of their orginal shows. They should do the color version @ 10PM and then follow it with a B&W version @ 11PM. I would imagine that the replay must have a small rating anyways and would give fans a choice as well as a reason to watch both showings. That would be fucking sweet.
May 29, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST
Don't get me wrong. I am a fan of The Walking Dead. And to be fair, I haven't read an issue since about issue 50 (I do plan to catch up someday), but in my experience Kirkman just can't write dialog. He'll go on these over explanatory discussions that come off as totally unnatural. I found the same problem in Invincible. Love the series. I can't wait to see the series. But if TWD has a flaw that is definitely it.
May 29, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST
...via Coheed and Cambria (weird and awesome day for me--I guess Moore is drawing for one of singer Claudio Sanchez's comics) and regaled me with some fun stories about how (and i'm clearly paraphrasing) Kirkman effectively took all the money for this and ran. Awesome. Moore was super friendly though, especially surprising as his appearance is reminiscent of the average hipster elitist. You know what I mean--flannel, thick-rimmed glasses, curly/wavy hair, all drenched in apathy.
May 29, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST
I know the UK did a miniseries called Dead Set that wasn't half bad... but as far as a full blown TV series, I don't think anything like this has been done.
May 29, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST
and I never saw no zombie 'pocalypse.
May 30, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST
".. but we won't let them write 'fuck' on the side of their planes because it's obscene." <br> Col. Kurtz
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May 31, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST
I won't be watching this.
May 31, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST
Why is everyone acting like that shit is original, when that's been the meat of every single Romero zombie picture?
May 31, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST
Most ongoing comics (if not all ongoing)suck balls. Most of them lose their luster and and their story goal. This is why many limited series become great. They actually end.
June 1, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST
Although AMC has its various restrictions, if done properly, The Walking Dead has a lot of potential. The producers need to keep a raw sense of horror and use a minimalist approach and perhaps a lot of off-screen brutality to draw the audience into the story. With Mr. Kirkman on board I have complete confidence.
June 1, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST
But WWZ and TWD are two different animals. WWZ is the macros and TWD is the micro. WWZ should play like a World War 2 documentary. The descriptions of the battles in the dark Paris sewers are mind blowing. This is where Max Brooks shows his strenght as a writer. He makes large scenes claustrophobic. Kirkman does the small character studies much better than Brooks. I love the character interaction more than the experiences with the zombies. Both stories are as brutal as you can get in this genre. Kirkman's more so because he makes you love each character.
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June 15, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST
Just wanted to let you know that Kirkman's new Invincible spin-off is The Guardians of the Globe, not THE GAUDIANS OF THE GLOBE.
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