Following their “Walking Dead” Comic Series this fall, McFarlane Toys will be introducing characters from the hit AMC series. The Walking Dead TV Series 1 shambles into Toys”R”Us and comic book stores nationwide this November and includes:
* Deputy Rick Grimes – with revolver, shotgun, walkie talkie, baseball bat, and hand grenade accessories
* Daryl Dixon – with crossbow, hunting knife, fire axe, pick axe, and even a string of squirrels
* Zombie Biter – features a deer meat accessory and a spring-loaded moving jaw
* Zombie Walker – includes a special wind-up feature
The project is set among a group of zombie survivors of an apocalypse who are led by a police officer, Rick Grimes, in search of a safe place to live. The Grimes figure and Zombie Biter are both pretty great looking figs.
Currently gearing up for a highly-anticipated Season Two is Frank Darabont’s The Walking Dead, the wildly popular TV adaptation of the Robert Kirkman comic book series that debuted to stellar ratings on AMC last fall.
At this past Friday’s Saturn Awards I managed to catch up with Darabont and executive producer Gale Ann Hurd (Walking Dead won for Best Television Presentation, with Darabont also taking home the George Pal Memorial Award) to talk about what we might expect in upcoming episodes.
Topics covered include how gory we can expect the second season to get, what popular character from the comics will be showing up in Season Three, and the behind-the-scenes writer’s room controversy that made headlines last November. You can check out the full (very interesting) conversation inside.
Late last year, Frank Darabont made headlines by giving the axe to his writing staff on The The Walking Dead, the critically acclaimed AMC show that took viewers by surprise and became a ratings juggernaut. It was also rumored that he would be assigning writing duties to freelancers, though that turned out not to be the case.
In a recent interview with Deadline, Darabont finally shed some light on the situation, which he said was “all pretty overblown.”
“It left the impression that I walked in one day and murdered 12 people. Would you like to know how many writers we were talking about? Two. My thought had been that they’d under-delivered, and a change was necessary. I had to do too much of it by myself last year, and that was only six episodes. This season, it’s 13 and we’ve hired a fantastic writing staff. We hired Glen Mazzara as our Number Two in the room. We consider him our head writer and he’s just a fantastic asset. We’ve also got three other staff writers in Scott Gimple, Evan Reilly from Rescue Me, and Angela Kang. Plus Executive Producer Robert Kirkman, who wrote the original comic book, is also writing for us.”
He also chatted about the direction his new writing staff would be talking, saying “It’s fair to say that the first six episodes were teeing up a lot of conflicts that will be more fully explored in our second season. We find a growing conflict with our two main guys, Rick [Andrew Lincoln] and Shane [Jon Bernthal]. We’re really excited about putting all of the characters on a chessboard and seeing how wonderfully and effectively we can toss conflict into the game.”
Get ready for the new season in October; it’s closer than you think.
Production commenced Monday, June 6 on the second season of AMC TV’s The Walking Dead.
Much like last fall, AMC begins its series of on-set interviews with the show’s talented creative team by chatting with executive producer Robert Kirkman – who also created the comic series – about his expectations for the second season, why he won’t play a zombie and Glenn’s love prospects in the apocalypse.
There’s not too much revealed other than Greg Nicotero and KNB are back with the effects, and that Kirkman is reluctant to direct an episode.
With Frank Darabont back in Atlanta, Georgia already in production on the second season of AMC TV’s widely popular The Walking Dead, the cabler posted a second image of the decaying undead.
“At this moment, I’m standing on a stretch of post-apocalypse interstate in Georgia, littered with abandoned cars and blessing my good luck to be reunited with our amazing cast, and our fantastic directors and crew,” Darabont said last week. “Across the board, there are none better. It’s great to be shooting again. I think we’ve embarked on a great season.”
The second season will consist of a 13-episode arc and will premiere this Fall on AMC.
Frank Darabont is back in Atlanta, Georgia already in production on the second season of AMC TV’s widely popular The Walking Dead.
“At this moment, I’m standing on a stretch of post-apocalypse interstate in Georgia, littered with abandoned cars and blessing my good luck to be reunited with our amazing cast, and our fantastic directors and crew,” says Darabont. “Across the board, there are none better. It’s great to be shooting again. I think we’ve embarked on a great season.”
The second season will consist of a 13-episode arc and will premiere this Fall on AMC.
In addition, inside you’ll find a look at two more toys arriving this year from McFarlane Toys.
A little bit of news hit the web today about the record-smashing hit show, which debuted on AMC two Sundays ago. No specs, artwork, or release date has been made available for The Walking Dead: Season One quite yet, but Amazon has a pre-order page up already with the suggested selling price as $44.99, which is on point with most first-week sale prices for TV shows on Blu-Ray. Considering the amount of episodes in the first season, I think the price is a bit high, so expect it to come down some. We’ll post more info and specs as they’re released.
The project is set among a group of zombie survivors of an apocalypse who are led by a police officer, Rick Grimes, in search of a safe place to live.
The Walking Dead tells the story of the weeks and months that follow a pandemic zombie apocalypse. County Sheriff Rick Grimes travels with his family and a small group of survivors, constantly in search of a safe and secure home. But the constant pressure of fighting off death on a daily basis takes a heavy toll, sending many to the lowest depths of human cruelty. As Rick struggles to keep his family alive, he will discover that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth.
Since I heard that Robert Kirkman’s (“MARVEL ZOMBIES”, “TOP COW’S PILOT SEASON”) amazing “THE WALKING DEAD” comic book series would be adapted into a television series from AMC I have attempted (and at times failed) to keep my opinions on the subject to a minimum as to not ‘jump the shark’ and make any hasty judgments. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea seeing as Frank Darabont (“THE MIST”) is a fantastic director and I do believe that “MAD MEN” is one of the best television shows running on television. But when it comes to adapting such a heavy series such as “THE WALKING DEAD” into live action form I have to be a bit skeptical. Not because I don’t believe that the creative team can pull it off, but because I, like so many, love the source material so much. There have been a lot of great comic to film adaptations in the past (“SPIDERMAN 1 & 2”, “THE DARK KNIGHT”) that have raised the bar for what movie goers should come to expect from big Hollywood. But then by the same token there have been some epic failures as well. (“FANTASTIC 4”, “GHOSTRIDER”) Therefore I am going into this article with all the love and care of any fan that is hoping to see one of their favorite stories rendered in a respectful way, and that is why I am writing this. Who should play Rick? What should we hope to see from the series? And most importantly can it be done well? These are all things that are circling the thoughts of horror fans across the globe right now, and inside you can find my thoughts on the pilot (and subsequent series due in October) as well as what I personally hope to see from Darabont & Co. Read on for the full article.
The doc takes an inside look at the creation and execution of some of today’s most spectacular special effects in Hollywood blockbusters, through one of its most prolific FX houses in the industry — KNB EFX. From animatronic critters to prosthetics and character makeup to aliens, monsters and ghouls, the KNB EFX group has been creating innovative state-of-the-art effects for movies for more than 20 years and over 300 films as diverse as Scream to The Chronicles of Narnia.
A freak storm unleashes a species of blood-thirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole-up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.
Hard-working construction company owner, Clint, is married to Joanna, but little does he know she’s having an affair with a doctor and the pair are plotting to kill him to get a hefty insurance payout. One night, Joanna injects Clint with poison and with the help of her lover, they set about burying him in a shallow grave. But there’s one slight problem: Clint isn’t dead!