“The Walking Dead” creeps back onto television in just a few short weeks, but you don’t have to wait any longer to catch your first look at the new poster for the second season.
AMC released the poster yesterday, which shows southern law man turned post-zombie apocalypse survivor Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) running along a desolate dirt road with a very familiar house looming in the distance.
Check out the poster in full after the jump!
As "The Walking Dead" crawls closer to its second season premiere date, you can expect a flurry of news and interviews about the show's upcoming return from the off-season grave. Today, we've got two new updates worth biting into.
First, TV Line spoke with series creator Robert Kirkman and executive producer David Alpert about the season premiere, which promises to "cross a line, and that line is awesome."
“I think we cross some lines in this first episode," said Kirkman, who adds that we'll learn more about the "digestive system of a zombie" in the new season. “Let me be honest, it’s definitely a little more visceral than we’ve gotten in the previous season. I’m excited about coming out of the gate with that punch in the very first episode of this season, so hold on to your seats.”
Over a month has passed since "The Walking Dead" and Frank Darabont parted ways, but according to a new report, perhaps his days with the dead aren't entirely over.
Darabont is still in discussions with AMC "to continue on with an unspecified role on the show," Deadline reports, citing inside sources. He'll reportedly retain his executive producer credit, but exactly how involved he'll be with the creative goings-on of the series remains unclear, with negotiations "in the hands of the lawyers."
For his part, series executive producer and comic book creator Robert Kirkman told Deadline that the transition from Darabont to new showrunner Glen Mazzara has gone very smoothly.
It seems like an understatement to say that it was surprising when "The Walking Dead" showrunner Frank Darabont left the show and was replaced with executive producer Glen Mazzara.
Fortunately the show is in capable albeit different hands, and Mazzara has a solid plan of how he wants to go forward with the series, which returns on October 16 with a 90-minute season premiere.
AMC released an interview with Mazzara as part of their Dispatches From the Set series. In it, he discusses how his family reacted to hearing he was named "The Walking Dead's" showrunner -- his son has been pitching him a lot of creative ways to kill zombies at the dinner table -- and how season two's arc compares to season one's.
(Hint: the zombies are still scary.)
Time for a little bit of good news, bad news in the world of "The Walking Dead -- though in fairness, it's a game we're used to playing these days, isn't it? Today's installment isn't nearly as devastating as the Frank Darabont departure, thankfully, though some fans are certainly going to be disappointed.
Beginning with the good news: the show officially has a season premiere date, bowing on October 16 with a 90-minute premiere episode. That's almost twice the zombie-killing action, almost a full year after the first season wrapped its run.
Here's the bad news: the second season, despite clocking in at an expanded 13 episodes, is being split into two halves, with six episodes following October's season premiere, and the final six installments of the season kicking off in February. You're still getting all the "Walking Dead" action you crave, just not quite as quickly as you might like.
AMC is the home of some of the most respected and critically acclaimed dramas on television, including “The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” Now the network is considering branching out, using the success and popularity of those shows to power a series of follow-up talk shows.
New York Magazine’s Vulture blog has reported that the network has already shot a pilot episode for a talk show focusing on “The Walking Dead” and hosted by Chris Hardwick. As loyal fans of both “Singled Out” and “House of 1000 Corpses,” we’re actually completely OK with Hardwick stepping into this role, especially with Michael Davies and his Embassy Row Productions in charge of the pilot.
We’re still over a month out from the debut of the second season of “The Walking Dead,” but excitement over the series’ return has been building since before this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. To further whet your appetite for blood, gore, and sweet, sweet delicious brains, AMC has released four new teaser clips for their hit show.
At a scant 11 seconds each, the clips themselves don’t show, tell or even imply much new information about the season, but they do feature pretty much the most important of the show’s assets: Realistic-looking zombies and stark, abject terror. Featuring returning castmembers like Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Laurie Holden and others, the teasers show off the bleak, zombie-infested world established in the series’ first six-episode season.
Looking back, it should come as no surprise that AMC’s “The Walking Dead” was such a huge success. Not only did it boast a killer high concept, but it had a murderer’s row of talent involved behind the scenes, including series creator Robert Kirkman, adaptation specialist Frank Darabont and special effects legend, Greg Nicotero.
Nicotero, who is up for Emmys for both Outstanding Special Effects for a Series as well as Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, recently spoke to Deadline about his technique on the show, and some of the specific challenges that went into the series’ very first episode.
“The Walking Dead” is filled to bursting with disgusting, rotting, desiccated undead corpses, but the season premiere in particular boasts a true wealth of nastiness. One scene, which featured the half-bodied “Bicycle Girl” crawling through a park, was so shockingly realistic that it set off a remarkable amount of Internet speculation about how Nicotero made it happen. Fortunately, the special effects wizard was kind enough to peel the curtain back for Deadline and his fans.
"The Walking Dead" has seen brighter days, to say the least.
Already tackling bleak subject matter, the AMC zombie series is suffering through some serious behind-the-scenes issues, including the reported firing of Frank Darabont and subsequent concerns from cast and crew members. You can read all about those difficulties in this troubling piece from The Hollywood Reporter.
In light of those allegations, it's not easy to remain optimistic about the zombie epic, but there are still reasons to get excited for season two… like the prospect of Andrea (Laurie Holden) finally embracing her inner badass, for example, and the promise of an explosive confrontation between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies).
“The Vault” may have only been released earlier this week, but steps are already being made to turn it into a feature film. Yesterday Johnny Depp and Graham King announced they have purchased the rights to the sci-fi comic and are making plans to get it on the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Christi Dembrowski, Graham King and Tim Headington are set to produce. The story follows deep sea divers who discover a sarcophagus in the inky depths and accidentally free a terrible force from it.
The graphic novel will be published in three issues, and as of now only the first one has been released. It’s unknown yet whether each issue could possibly become a movie, making a trilogy, or if just one film is planned to cover all three issues.