We recently reported that Walking Dead executive producer Frank Darabont had canned the writers who worked on the awesome first season of AMC‘s zombie series, including his Number 2 guy, Charles “Chic” Eglee, and that they planned to assign the second season of scripts to freelancers.
According to the shows producer Gale Anne Hurd this news is not accurate. She denied the reports saying,
It’s completely inaccurate. [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.
So, it was inaccurate for us to report that anyone was ‘fired’. The writers are just moving on to other projects. Gale also confirmed that the actors whose characters survive at the end of season finale are signed up for multiple seasons of the zombie show. Hurd also said the series will probably return in October.
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.
If Robert Kirkman (creator of the comic and adviser to the show) stays on board and takes a more active role as writer than whatever the new staff is going to be, then it might be a good thing. On the other hand, having seen the deviation from the graphic novel (the farm and jail scenario gone) and the addition of the CDC compound are changes , in my opinion ridiculous and ill-conceived. Hopefully Kirkman keeps it human and character driven, less arching mysterious pseudo-science mysticism.