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Learn Who Writes And Directs All The Season-One Episodes of Frank Darabont’s AMC Zombie Series THE WALKING DEAD!!

I am – Hercules!! “Hope to see you at Comic-Con,” says filmmaker Frank Darabont, writer-director of such big-screen projects as “The Shawshank Redeption,” “The Green Mile” and “The Mist.” “We've got a pretty cool ‘Walking Dead’ reel to show.” We haven’t yet seen a second of footage from Darabont’s new AMC series “The Walking Dead,” but it could be this autumn’s most anticipated series. Its first season, which comprises only six episodes, began shooting June 3 and will start shambling onto AMC in October. It’s long been known that Darabont wrote and directed the first episode himself, but when AICN visited him on the set of the that episode last month, we knew next to nothing about who was handling these chores for subsequent episodes. I asked Darabont himself and he just came back with the line-up for the entire first season:
Herc! You have but to ask! The directors for the first six are: 1) Me. 2) Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, X-Files) 3) Gwyneth Horder-Payton (The Shield, BSG) 4) Johan Renck (Breaking Bad) 5) Ernest Dickerson (The Wire, Dexter) 6) Guy Ferland (The Shield, Sons of Anarchy) The writers for the first six are: 1) Me 2) Me 3) Me, Chic Eglee, Jack LoGuidice. (Chic: The Shield, Dexter. Jack: Sons of Anarchy) 4) Robert Kirkman (wrote some comics I think) 5) Glen Mazzara (The Shield, Hawthorne) 6) Adam Fierro (The Shield, Dexter, 24)
(If Darabont is a typical showrunner, he’s overseeing all creative aspects of all episodes, from the writing to post-production, which he's said is “a full-time job in itself.”) Eglee, whom I believe serves as the series’ co-showrunner, has been a grade-A force in American television for decades, having scripted lots of “Moonlighting,” “St. Elsewhere” and “L.A. Law” before creating “Murder One” for Stephen Bochco and “Dark Angel” for James Cameron. Kirkman, for those unaware, writes the “Walking Dead” funnybooks on which the series is based. If I’m not mistaken, 1.4 will represent Kirkman’s first produced teleplay ever. The “Walking Dead” Comic-Con panel is scheduled for Friday, July 23 at 11:30am in room 6BCF. Darabont, Kirkman and cast members Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Jon Bernthal (Shane), Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori), Laurie Holden (Andrea), and Emma Bell (Amy) are all expected.
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  • July 17, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Michelle MacLaren

    by fiester

    Should win the Emmy this year for her work on "Breaking Bad." <p> This project looks solid all around. I am really looking forward to it.

  • July 17, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    That's a pretty stellar lineup of writers/directors

    by Toe Jam

    Sounds like all of them have worked on some of the finest shows on TV.

  • July 17, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Episode 4 should be very interesting

    by IForgotAbout19

    Can't wait to see how Kirkman translates from a comic writer to a TV writer, and with a Breaking Bad director at the helm, should be one of the best of the 6. For folks who've read the comics, I personally hope this includes the scene of Rick and Glenn heading into the city for guns.

  • July 17, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    looking forward to this

    by deelzbub

    and I'm not even a big zombie fan. Glad to see something different on the TV!

  • July 17, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    now all i need is a punisher tv show on HBO

    by ORIONgods


  • July 17, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    So you are directing the first episode then Herc?

    by alan_poon

    Good for you pal.

  • July 17, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Michelle MacLaren

    by gotilk


  • July 17, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Herc is best writer on here

    by Fat and Curious

    The TV shit on this site is the some best on the web, always newsworthy and interesting/cool. Does anyone ever bitch about this guy?

  • July 17, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    They's got the zombie walk down pat.

    by Flip63Hole

    Looks like a nice array of limping and lurching deadites. I hope this series doesn't suck. Do it right, Frank!

  • July 17, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    A couple of Amish dudes with rakes could take the lot

    by Uncle Stan

  • July 17, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Ditto on Michelle MacLaren...

    by DanielKurland

    Glad she's getting her dues, and to see she's getting some notoriety around here. And I don't mean this to sound misogynistic, but a really fantastic female director, which are in short supply.

  • July 17, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Fucking Running Zombies....

    by V'Shael

    They have some GREAT talent there, great writers, great directors. <p> I'm just a little annoyed that they are clearly having running zombies in those photos.

  • July 17, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    No running Zombies

    by UnicornsExist

    But I believe they said some are faster than others, slow paced jogging if you will.

  • July 17, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Can we ever discuss zombies

    by clupula

    Without the running vs. walking debate popping up?

  • July 17, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    No, I don't think we can.

    by V'Shael

    I mean, what the hell else are you going to discuss with Zombies? The liklihood of an actual attack? It's zero.

  • July 17, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Can. Not.

    by RaveX

    Fucking. Wait.

  • July 17, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Ernest Dickerson = class

    by catlettuce4

  • July 17, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    GREAT Writers / Directors

    by RollingBarrelDotCom

    I'm a very big fan of a lot of these writers and directors from their work on The Shield, SoA, and Dexter. If this can keep up the quality, excitement, edginess, and fun of he aforementioned shows then I'm even more excited about TWD that I thought was possible. Bring on the lurkers and biters.

  • July 17, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Writer from SOA.... I was already excited

    by liljuniorbrown

    Now I'm fucking stoked beyond words. FUUUUCCCK this will be great.

  • July 17, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    i have....

    by The_Cliffster

    .. such a raging clue for this show right now....

  • July 17, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    Glen Mazzara is an incredible writer.

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    This series kick your ass. This series kick your face. The series kick your balls into ouTER SPAAAACE!!!!

  • July 17, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    Running Zombies, who cares

    by aversiontherapy2

    Oh no, there are zombies running in that picture!<br /<br />Give it a fucking rest you annoying pedant.

  • July 17, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Ernest Dickerson!

    by Mantis_Toboggan_MD

    Director of two of my favorite 90's "B-Movies" (or whatever you wanna call 'em), Surviving the Game and Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight... Gary Busey's monologue in Surviving the Game is still one of the most badass things ever.

  • July 17, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    The Horse Gets Ripped to Shreds by the Zombies

    by Barmat

    And it will be shown.

  • July 17, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Walking Dead "funnybooks" [SPOILERS]

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Yeah, seeing a woman holding a baby getting a shotgun blast to the back is FUNNY AS FUCK.

  • July 17, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Who says "funnybook" in 2010?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Do I amuse you? Am I some kinda clown for your amusement?!

  • July 17, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to this to tide me over until Game of Thrones.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • July 18, 2010, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Hire Tim Kring!

    by NippleEffect

    he needs a cool premis to ruin!

  • July 18, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

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  • July 18, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST

    SOA writers are involved? NOoooooooo...

    by Xiphos_2

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!<P> Time to take my expectations down about a million points. SOA has some of the worst writing in TV history. Hopefully somebody else on staff can overcome those losers numb nuttery.

  • July 18, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    TOO SOON!!!

    by Pageiv

    Running zombies are impossible. There were no running zombies in the comic and movies that have them get lose all credibility.

  • July 18, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST


    by Alientoast

    I'm pretty sure zombies in general are impossible, regardless as to their speed

  • July 18, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    didn't Darabont say

    by mr teaspoon

    that they're using the first zombie from NOTLD as their template in terms of speed? So no running.

  • July 18, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    The cemetary zombie in NOTLD *did* run

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    He was certainly not shambling.

  • July 18, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    NOTLD zombie definitely did not run

    by mr teaspoon

    He did move a little faster than a generic shambling zombie, but it sure isn't 28 Days Later either. I read somewhere that the decay process will have an effect on Walking Dead's zombies, as it does in the comics. Fresher corpses move faster.

  • July 18, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    If this show is a success...

    by thedarklinglord

    And, by the looks of it, I can't imagine how it won't be every bit as great as the shows done by those attached to write/direct, but if this is as huge as it deserves, it might just get more networks interested in turning comic books properties into serious shows, shows with real budgets and real talent attached, aimed toward an adult audience. Thanks to shows like Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, and a few others, television is finally starting to be worth watching again.

  • July 19, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    "Eglee, who..."

    by Bronx Cheer

    The age old battle between who and whom can best be solved with this simple test. If you would use him (or her), use whom. (Him and whom both end in M - easy to remember.) If it is he or she, use who.

  • July 19, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Darabont's "The Shield" episode commentary

    by ides

    He really wasn't kidding when he gushed about "The Shield," given the people he has surrounded himself with since. It's one of the best commentary tracks of the whole series, and I've listened to most of them at least twice.