We’ve got our hands on a new “The Walking Dead” video that gives an inside look at producers Greg Nicotero, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and Denise Huth’s plans for the fourth season.
Season four of “The Walking Dead” returns to AMC in October of this year.
The cast and crew began production on May 6. READ MORE
As we mentioned earlier, AMC announced today that the cast and crew of “The Walking Dead“ return to Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, May 6th to begin production on season four. Season 3 is currently about to wrap up, but it’s also considered the strongest run in the series to date. And it’s certainly the highest rated, which is why it’s a bit of a mystery that showrunner Glen Mazzara is leaving and handing the reigns over to Scott M. Gimple.
While Gimple has been a writer on the show for years, it’s still a shocking move that caught many off guard. Luckily Scenestr caught up with Mazzara and got quite a few quotes that shed some light on the situation and what it means for the (already written) 4th season of “The Walking Dead.”
Head below to check it out! Spoilers inside! READ MORE
Of course Gale Anne Hurd is a producer on “The Walking Dead” and has played a key role in such classics as The Terminator and Aliens. While “Walking Dead” is still going strong at AMC, she’s now going to be producing alien drama “Horizon” for USA.
The show (per Deadline) is “Sset during the height of World War II. It centers on a secretary at the FBI who discovers that her husband might have been killed in a battle with a spaceship in the South Pacific. Obsessed with learning the truth, she becomes the only person standing between Earth and an alien invasion.” Bridget Tyler (“Burn Notice”) wrote the script and will co-executive produce for Universal Cable Prods. and Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, which has a deal at the studio.
Keep in mind Hurd has another alien show in the making, “Area 51″, which is also a period piece. That show is at AMC and “ revolves around the famed military installation in the world that has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government and explores the myths about the area and those who believe that region is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems and nuclear facilities.” AMC’s entry will take place in the 1950s-1960s and will focus on those who work at the base and protect the country’s secrets — including the remains of the alleged alien crash at Roswell.
Now this has potential. Not only is Gale Anne Hurd a producer on “The Walking Dead”, she’s also had a hand in classics such as The Terminator and Aliens. AMC not only has “Walking Dead”, but also has fostered (occasionally contentiously) shows like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad”, both of which are light years better than “Walking Dead” (even though TWD is pretty good, there’s no contest).
So when they team up for a new show, I’m hoping for the best. Especially a show like “Area 51″, which not only has the period setting that worked so well for “Mad Men”, but also – you know – aliens. Seems like it could hit a cool middle ground between that show and “X-Files”. The whole thing will be adapted from the bestselling book of the same name by Annie Jacobsen and scripted by Todd E. Kessler.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Published in May, Jacobsen’s book revolves around the famed military installation in the world that has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government and explores the myths about the area and those who believe that region is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems and nuclear facilities. Jacobsen interviewed 19 men who served on the base and additional servicemen who were employed there. AMC’s entry will take place in the 1950s-1960s and will focus on those who work at the base and protect the country’s secrets — including the remains of the alleged alien crash at Roswell.”
Sounds pretty cool, no?
Back in September of 2006, Dimension was developing O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce, an Image Comics series that launched in July of that year. That comic was co-created by Rosario Dawson and David Atchison, and it was always designed as a star vehicle for her.
But time changes things. Obviously that iteration of Occult Crimes Taskforce never happened but, proving that there’s hope for even the most tortured of development projects, now it appears as though A&E and “Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd may have come to the rescue.
Per the Hollywood Reporter, “Rosario Dawson is teaming with The Walking Dead’s Gale Anne Hurd to bring her graphic novel to A&E with both women attached as executive producers. The scripted drama, an increasingly appealing genre for the cable network, will explore the inner workings of the task force, which was established after the Civil War to make the New York City streets safe from practitioners of black magic, demons from another dimension and all manner of supernatural malcontents.”
The show “will center on the character of Sophia Ortiz, a new member of the bureau who uses magic, spells, ghosts, the undead and the unnatural. At the heart of the story is an ongoing struggle between the O.C.T. detectives and an organized demon-force attempting to take over Manhattan.”
This concept sounds like it may actually be better suited to television than film, I could actually see it taking off as a variation on the standard police procedural formula. READ MORE
There’s obviously a big difference between wanting to do something, and a studio wanting you to do something. During an interview, it’s easy to bait the interviewee into answering a question that can be turned into a major story. For example, EW asked The Terminator (1984) producer/co-writer Gale Anne Hurd – hot off the recent success of “The Walking Dead” – about her returning to the franchise she helped create. Her response, she’d “love” to return, especially after what’s happened over the past few years. “It’s very sad,” says Hurd of the franchise’s recent history. “You feel like you gave birth to something and it’s been adopted and those adoptions haven’t worked out. Of course I’d be interested in doing another one. I’d love it.” Again, big difference between Hurd having interest, and the studio having interest in her. She doesn’t even own the rights anymore (she carried half for a long period of time), unfortunately.