Frank Darabont Takes Aim At AMC And THE WALKING DEAD

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darabontThe Walking Dead seems to have a revolving door policy when it comes to showrunners. In four seasons there have been three different men in charge of the show. Frank Darabont helped get things going, then Glen Mazzara came in for two seasons, but now Scott Gimple is the current man at the top. Darabont‘s departure from the show he helped get made was particularly nasty. Darabont was fired from the show, no reason has been given though rumors still circulate. He has been pretty civil about the entire debacle, but in a couple of interviews to promote his new show Mob City the producer really let them have it with both barrels.

Speaking to EW, the writer and director was asked if he still watches the show since he was unceremoniously booted. Of course he said he doesn’t watch it at all:

No more than I would go to the wedding of somebody who broke my heart and left me for the Pilates instructor. One does become very emotionally attached to the things that one does. I get tremendously invested. Why would I do that? Absolutely not, I won’t.

Darabont was a little more…let’s go with candid, in an interview with Variety. When asked a similar question, he registered he doesn’t watch it and then went into the situation that led to his termination:

Oh god no, why would I. If the woman you loved with all your heart left you for the Pilates instructor and just sent you an invitation to the wedding, would you go?
There’s a deep commitment and emotional investment that happens when you create something that is very near and dear to you, and when that is torn asunder by sociopaths who don’t give a shit about your feelings or the feelings of your cast and crew because they have their own reasons to screw everybody, that doesn’t feel good.

So there you go. Darabont put AMC and The Walking Dead square in his sights and took a shot. There seems to be no love lost between all those involved, so I wouldn’t expect anyone to have anything nice to say in the future. Mob City stars Jon Bernthal (formerly Shane) and Jeffrey DeMunn (formerly Dale), but they’ve been much nicer in their assessments of their time on the show. What do you think about Darabont‘s comments? Do you think he is being bitter or do you think there’s something to what he says?

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Sources :

  • EW
  • Variety