While a lot of modern filmmakers miss the importance of social commentary, it’s what made George A. Romero’s original trilogy so spectacular.
For me, this is one of the major problems with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” series, adapted from Robert Kirkman’s character-driven comic series. I couldn’t tell you the point of “Walking Dead,” nor could I tell you the end-game or why I would even care. What are the filmmakers trying to say? It’s an empty void of random violence that barely keep my attention.
This October AMC is set to debut “Fear The Walking Dead,” a spinoff of “Walking Dead” that takes us to Los Angeles during the initial outbreak.
While many of us were hoping to meet patient zero and learn what caused said outbreak, executive producer and KNB effects guru Greg Nicotero reveals to Melty that the filmmakers have chosen to leave this vague, and instead have opted for social commentary “ripped from the headlines.” THIS is the first thing that has me excited for the series, which stars Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).
“What’s important in the spin-off is how people react to it. It really is a fascinating statement on current society, because we get most of our information from our iPads and our phones. There have been things that have been happening in recent years… When you hear stories like that, about a guy who attacked someone and bit their face off, imagine how we reacted to that news story at the time.”
“Fear the Walking Dead” viewers might also get to see how some citizens’ grave mistakes help the virus spread, says Inquisitr, who caught wind of the story. He mentioned the recent Ebola cases in America and the Maine nurse who refused to self-quarantine after treating Ebola patients in West Africa.
“Even in the U.S., there was a nurse who was working in Africa and who came back to the United States and refused to go into quarantine for Ebola. So I think about stories like that and I go: ‘Wow, maybe that could have been the beginning, or maybe this could have been the beginning.’ In a TV show like ‘Fear The Walking Dead,’ you get to ask those same questions.”
During his Melty interview, adds Inquisitr, Nicotero revealed one of the biggest differences between “The Walking Dead” and its companion series — “The Walking Dead” featured multiple families that were torn apart (sometimes literally) by the zombie virus, but “Fear the Walking Dead” will focus on fractured families that are brought closer together by the outbreak.
“In our version of ‘The Walking Dead,’ we come across these people who are already a rag-tag group of survivors. They’ve lose people along the way, but they’ve found each other. The main difference in ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ is that we’re with families at the beginning of it.”
There’s a lot of great stuff here, and hopefully everyone involved has learned from the vast amount of mistake in “The Walking Dead”. If you guys like “The Walking Dead”, Can you imagine if it were as good as, let’s say, “Breaking Bad” or “Mad Men”? Wowsers.