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“The Walking Dead”: NBC Once Asked, “Do There Have To Be Zombies In It?”

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I love the idea that there’s some sort of alternate reality where movies and shows were made by different filmmakers and studios.

Can you imagine what “The Walking Dead” may have been if it had not been picked up by AMC?!

While we may never know the entire backstory behind bringing Robert Kirkman’s comic to the small screen, producer Gale Anne Hurd just revealed what NBC wanted to do with the show, and it’s basically a reverse “iZombie”.

Via Variety: Before the show was picked up by AMC for domestic and Fox for international, its creator Frank Darabont presented the first version of the script to NBC, with whom he had an overall deal. According to Hurd, their response was, “Do there have to be zombies [in it].” NBC then asked Darabont if the show could be a procedural in which the two main protagonists would “solve a zombie crime of the week,” she said.

Despite the obvious importance of the zombies to the show, Hurd underscored the fact that the humans are at the center of the drama. She said people new to the show were surprised that “it’s not about the zombies it’s about the humans.” Hurd said that the focus for a serialized drama such as this was on the evolution of the characters. “What attracted me to [Robert Kirkman’s] comic-book series is that it is a story about characters on a journey into this new world, and constantly trying to figure out not only how to survive but what’s important to them, and some characters give up, some characters commit suicide, and they are constantly evolving, they are constantly meeting new characters; they have to determine friend or foe, and very quickly we realize that it is not the zombies you have to be afraid of, it’s the other humans,” she said.

I’m trying to picture what this would have looked like and it’s pretty interesting, especially when you take into account the creative freedom Bryan Fuller was given with “Hannibal”.

I think NBC understood that individual zombies can’t carry a show, which isn’t to say AMC’s take is any different in its thought process. Obviously, “The Walking Dead” in its current existence is all about the humans…

What do you guys think?!


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