Frank Darabont Exits The Walking Dead

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Director Frank Darabont on the set of The Walking Dead

Director Frank Darabont on the set of The Walking Dead - © AMC

There’s a big switch-up going on at AMC’s The Walking Dead. Frank Darabont, the creative mastermind behind the show’s successful transition from Robert Kirkman’s comic to the small screen, will no longer be the showrunner for the series. AMC announced that in his place they’ve expanded the duties of writer and executive producer Glen Mazzara.
 
In the official statement, AMC said they were “grateful to executive producer, writer and pilot director Frank Darabont whose contributions to the success of The Walking Dead are innumerable. We continue to discuss his ongoing role with the series.”
 
The official announcement also confirmed The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman will remain on board as executive producer and writer on the series, and will – according to AMC – “continue to steward the brand.” Gale Anne Hurd is also remaining in place for the second season as executive producer.
 
AMC plans a October 16, 2011 premiere of the second season of The Walking Dead.
 
Source: AMC – July 28, 2011
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