It may seem like blasphemy at first glance, but The Shining – that book by Stephen King that Stanley Kubrick turned into a movie – is getting a prequel. The coming of flick, titled The Overlook Hotel, isn’t news, but the choice of who is going to be writing the flick is. It looks like The Walking Dead’s former showrunner, Glen Mazarra will be putting this new script together.
Organized by the folks at Warner Bros., The Overlook Hotel will feature a rather interesting collection of people in the production department. Laeta Kalogridis (writer – Shutter Island), James Vanderbilt (writer – Amazing Spider-Man) and Bradley Fischer (producer – Black Swan) are all putting their cash behind this one.
While it will most certainly never measure up to Kubrick’s classic, I’m guessing this prequel isn’t meant to. It’s just a new film in a familiar setting and it promises a brand new story. Just thank the gods that they’re not trying to remake the damn thing.
Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up.
Now that the dust has settled on the background character blood drenched season 3 finale of The Walking Dead we can finally start to look towards season 4, right? Apparently not since an actor from the show has spilled the beans on the ending we didn’t see. Putting aside any judgment about how this season wrapped up (there is a pretty big difference between ‘leaving them wanting more‘ and ‘leaving them expecting more’,) and any missed opportunities the show may more may not have had this season (way to stand around doing nothing but looking constipated for half a season, Tyreese.) Let’s take a quick look at how this season was originally going to end, shall we? Oh, and after that we have a little taste on a new character for season 4.
Yes, this is obviously spoiler territory, so if you haven’t watched Welcome To The Tombs yet don’t read any further… and sort your life out. Seriously.
The Walking Dead returns this Sunday to AMC, and with the cliffhanger we got before the show took its winter hiatus we’re frothing at the mouth for its return. Showrunner Glen Mazzara, who’s sadly leaving after this season, chatted with Entertainment Weekly about his final eight episodes. Most interesting was his reveal we’d meet another “major character” from the comics before season’s end, here’s the exchange,
EW: You brought in all this iconic stuff in the first half of the season: the prison, Woodbury, Michonne, the Governor, Penny, Tyrese. Anything or anyone else from the comic that we can anticipate seeing in the back half of the season?
MAZZARA: Our comic book fans will still be excited and delighted to see how the story unfolds and how we tell the story. We do have a lot of new surprising material. There’s still a major character to appear in the back half, which is very exciting. As always we take the comic book as inspiration and tell our own story. I’m happy to say the exciting pace and the chances we take with the storytelling and the twists and turns that people enjoyed so much in the first half are all still there in the second half. It’s one connected, fluid season — we just took a little break with for the holidays.
Okay comic readers, who d’ya think it is?
In addition to the scoop of another new face, Mazzarra talked the coming war between Rick and The Governor, the Dixon brother’s current sticky situation, and how Tyrese’s arrival will affect the group. Make sure you give it a read. Also from EW are these three new images, starting with the scene above of Andrea being restrained. Below you’ve got Rick, Merle, and a dude missing half his head. Just the good stuff we’ve come to expect from The Walking Dead. Click any image for a larger, high resolution version.
The Walking Dead returns this Sunday, February 10th at 9pm on AMC.
The Walking Dead is a series that has its fair share of problems keeping their talent around. First we lost Frank Darabont and then came the fall of Glen Mazzara. The show seems to be in a strange state of limbo, in which the continuity is compromised by a perpetual game of musical chairs. Some feel that the series will go into a decline that would make the fall of the Mayan civilization look like a walk in the park and those folks can be very vocal about their position. But AMC is trying to fight the tide and have now released an official statement to put people at ease regarding the future of The Walking Dead.
According to AMC guru Josh Sapan:
We really do believe that people who make great TV shows have a rare capability, and we hold them in extraordinarily high regard. Certainly it would be preferable to have as much continuity as possible. We’ll forge ahead and hope to make great shows and be the best place to work. We’ll do the best we can to be an environment where the best creative people can flourish. We’ll hopefully learn from everything we do.
Hmm… Sorry AMC, but that response is pretty much stock in the world of PR. Of course you’re going to “forge ahead.” The question is, are you going to be able to do it properly with your talent coming and going like this? And what’s more, are you AMC big-wigs responsible for driving these people off in your efforts to take control of the show’s direction?
I guess we’ll just have to wait until the new Walking Dead half-season airs on February 10th to see what happens. Tune in and let us know what you think, cause you damn well know we’ll let you know what’s on our mind.
Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.
On the heels of AMC renewing The Walking Dead for a fourth season, AMC and show-runner Glen Mazzara announced Mazzara’s exit from the show. That makes the second high level departure from The Walking Dead in just three seasons, two and a half seasons really. The first was the surprising exit of creator/original show-runner Frank Darabont early in the second season. The average life expectancy of a Show-Runner is about as bad as a secondary cast member in the show.
Today’s announcement of Mazzara’s leaving is worrisome, can the show continue to survive the changes in leadership and direction? There is no word on who will replace him and what the creative differences of opinion were. Hopefully we’ll get more once the third season has aired and Mazzara’s contract is completed, perhaps he’ll talk more freely about the subject then.
The AMC press release says:
“AMC also jointly announces with Glen Mazzara today that for future seasons, the two parties have mutually decided to part ways. Glen guided the series creatively for seasons 2 and 3. AMC is grateful for his hard work. We are both proud of our shared success.
Both parties acknowledge that there is a difference of opinion about where the show should go moving forward, and conclude that it is best to part ways. This decision is amicable and Glen will remain on for post-production on season 3B as showrunner and executive producer.”
There are also individual statements from Mazzara and The Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd:
My time as show-runner on The Walking Dead has been an amazing experience, but after I finish season 3, it’s time to move on. I have told the stories I wanted to tell and connected with our fans on a level that I never imagined. It doesn’t get much better than that. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey.
I am in full support of both AMC and Glen Mazzara in the decision they have come to and believe the parties came to this decision in the best interest of the future of the show. I thank Glen for his hard work and appreciate his many contributions to The Walking Dead and look forward to working with him as we complete post production on Season 3. I am also excited to begin work on another spectacular season of this show that I know means so much to so many people. This show has always been the result of a wide range of extremely talented men and women working tirelessly to produce their best work collectively. I believe the future is bright for The Walking Dead. Thank you to the fans for your continued support.
Gale Anne Hurd:
I am appreciative and grateful to Glen for his hard work on ‘The Walking Dead.’ I am supportive of AMC and Glen’s decision and know that the series is in great hands with one of the most talented and dedicated casts and crews in the business. I look forward to the show’s continued success.
Last July AMC aired The Walking Dead pilot episode in black and white. It was a nod to the black and white comic book series The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The absence of color adds an interesting look and feel to the show and AMC has decided to show the first two seasons of The Walking Dead in black and white this February.
Reruns are a huge part of many television channels, some don’t even wait until the hiatus to start. Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead often show the same episode twice on air night and then again the following week as a precursor to the new episode giving those that missed it the chance to catch up. Many networks are doing the same thing. AMC is just taking that to the next level in hopes of snagging new viewers and drawing back rabid fans.
The Walking Dead Magazine posted the above, and Show runner Glen Mazzara retweeted a fan’s photo of the article. Season three of The Walking Dead continues on February 10th, 2013. Perhaps the black and white episodes will air marathon style before the big premiere episode of the second half of season three.
If you haven’t checked it out already you should click the link for The Walking Dead Motion Comic. It’s a great little video and features the voice of Phil LaMarr.
The Walking Dead television series has set itself apart from its comic book source by not only deviating from the original plot but also adding new characters to the cast. In the first season there were a handful of new faces, all pretty forgettable except for Daryl Dixon and his loudmouth, racist brother Merle – who’s expected to return this season. Now another new character is joining the series, Milton, a resident of the of Woodbury community that’s over seen by another Season 3 newcomer, the Governor (David Morrisey). Milton will be played by Dallas Roberts (Rubicon, The Good Wife) and here’s what Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly about the new guy,
Milton is the details guy. He’s the guy that works with the Governor, who is monitoring all situations and is trying to help the Governor make sense of this world that they’re living in. He’s not exactly a scientist, but he’s a smart guy that is trying to find out how zombies behave. Watching him do his little experiments is going to be a lot of fun.
Experiments? On zombies? Oh this is going to be fun. Especially if they stay true to the book concerning this one thing about the Governor that I can’t get into right now ’cause spoilers. If you’ve read the comics you might know what I’m talking about. Y’know, why the Governor might be personally invested in learning more about zombies.
Anyway, showrunner Glen Mazzara continues explaining how Milton sought to make himself useful in the zombie-laden apocalypse,
We were examining, ‘How do people survive in this apocalyptic world, and what can people contribute?’ And we didn’t think it was plausible that every single character we meet is an efficient zombie killer. We just didn’t buy that everyone we know would be active and deft enough to kill every walker. We wanted to show how other people survive, and Dallas has come in and helped us establish that character. He just adds a lot of heart and humanity to Woodbury, which further complicates what that is. That is a real town with real people and real survivors. It’s not necessarily a group of bad guys.
Sounds to like he’ll make an interesting addition, what do you guys think?
Robert Kirkman is the creator of The Walking Dead, Invincible, Super Dinosaur, and Thief of Thieves. He recently released the 100th issue of The Walking Dead for Image Comics, and is presently at work on the 3rd season AMC’s The Walking Dead, for which he serves as a writer and an executive producer. He is also developing Thief of Thieves for the network.
While at San Diego Comic Con yesterday morning, our Steven Sautter had a chance to sit down for an exclusive one on one interview with Mr. Kirkman. During the interview they talked about the progress of the Thief of Thieves TV adaptation, the reason why the most beloved characters meet the most brutal of ends in The Walking Dead universe, the future of The Walking Dead, and what Kirkman thinks about non-creator owned comic books and the “corporate entities” behind them.
So Thief of Thieves, congratulations on the pickup — how far away are we from seeing it on the screen?
Robert Kirkman: It’s very much in the early stages right now — we’re in pilot development, which means that we are working on developing the script for a pilot. That is the absolute first stage after something is brought into a network to be developed. Right now I’m working with Chic Eglee and we’re mapping out what the series is going to be and what parts of the comics we’re going to use.
And you’re going to act as a show runner or producer?
Kirkman: Well I’m not a show runner, because that is work and I do not like doing work. No, I’ll be an executive producer and I’ll be writing on the show and all that kind of stuff. Chic Eglee will be the show runner and he’s writing the pilot and it will be his show. You know, in much the same way that Glen Mazzara is the show runner of The Walking Dead. But you know, I’m in the writers room full time and I’m able to say don’t put lasers in the zombies eyes.
Cry-Baby Spoilers AHEAD ! ! !
Proceed at your own risk.
The LA Times sat down with some of television’s hottest producers and talked shop. We’ve picked through it and cut out The Walking Dead show runner Glen Mazzara’s answers to some interesting questions and get his answer to why . . .
WON’T CARL STAY IN THE *BLEEP*-ING HOUSE ! ! !
What do you think people are keying into about your shows?
I think what people like about our show is for some odd reason everybody can buy a zombie apocalypse. Like people just get that, you know? Like, and so then they put themselves into the show. Like, oh, I would do that. Or, I would leave that guy there. Or, I would rescue that guy. Like it’s sort of, you know, people are screaming at the TV like when they watch a horror movie.
What considerations go into putting a character in jeopardy, particularly children? On [Glen’s] show, I started watching Season 2, you know, Carl gets shot and then the little girl is a zombie and …
Yeah, kids get shot on the show a lot. … It’s something we talk about because it obviously has a huge impact on the characters. It’s something that has to generate other story. You can’t just do it to be gratuitous or to be a shocking moment. It’s got to be earned. The pain that would be involved with a child being killed or hurt or missing, that pain doesn’t go away. And that becomes ingrained in the characters and then screws them up and makes them make bad decisions in the future and you can find the story that way.
There’s been was a rash of major characters killed off.
We had two big deaths. We had, you know, Shane played by Jon Bernthal. And that was in Robert Kirkman’s comic book. … We were having a lot of discussions about, well, this group is on this farm and is the farm dangerous? And we need people to be killed by zombies. We need to have a mean character because otherwise it’s gonna feel like … you’ve got these scary zombies but nobody’s getting killed by them. They can kill each other, but you need some zombie action there. So we decided to kill Jeff DeMunn’s character, Dale.
What’s the biggest argument you’ve had in the writers’ room?
We had a debate about the young boy, Carl. And everyone wants to know why Carl’s not in the house. Well, it’s boring to sit in a house. And he’s a little boy and he wants to mix it up and stuff. And he’s walking through the woods and finds a zombie trapped in the mud and he starts doing what any Huck Finn would do and starts throwing rocks at the monster. And then later that is the same zombie that pulls itself free and kills Dale. And the writers were very nervous about that, you know? It feels earned, but it’s a risk. Because Dale is a beloved character and if this other character is involved and responsible for that death, is the audience going to now hate Carl? But I thought the story was worth the chance.
This NerdBastard loved the “Why isn’t Carl in the house?” controversy and figures the writers decided to throw Carl under the “Zombie Bus” this season and deal with the negative fan reaction to the character later. In the comic Carl is a pretty bad-ass kid that quickly goes from a helpless child to someone one would want at their side when the zombie shit hits the fan.
Carl’s shooting of Shane might be that turning point, the beginning of the redemption of Carl. One can only hope that season three will let that side of Carl continue to develop and not return to the “Why isn’t Carl in the prison?”
What are your thoughts on Carl, The Walking Dead, and how the show has played out so far?
Good news, everyone! AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for another season. The announcement comes as no surprise, the series is quickly becoming one of the most popular on television as well as one of the most profitable for AMC. Their 90-minute season two premiere drew in, “4.8 million viewers 18-49 years old as well as 4.2 million adults 25-54. Overall it drew more 10 million viewers in 122 countries for the premiere.” So, yes, successful indeed.
Charlie Collier, President of AMC, said in his announcement,
Today we are pleased to announce that the ‘dead’ shall live as we proudly renew The Walking Dead for a third season on AMC and, globally, with our terrific partners at Fox International Channels. We are thankful for everyone’s contribution in front of and behind the camera as we continue to make The Walking Dead a unique television experience. And, we are so proud as it continues to set viewership records around the world.
Robert Kirkman‘s comic is still publishing monthly with really no end in sight, meaning the television show has tons of source material to pull from. ‘Course the show seems to be blazing its own path and isn’t trying to follow the comic. Especially with this latest episode, it’s like the timeline is compressing and some things are happening sooner and sooner, while other really, really important things haven’t happened at all. If you’ve read the books you know what I’m talking about. Why are they there already and why is he still alive?
Under new showrunner, Glen Mazzara with Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Frank Darabont still on board as executive producers, The Walking Dead will hopefully be shambling across our television screen for years to come.
Source: The Mary Sue