Robert Kirkman’s updating people on the status of The Walking Dead‘s television incarnation over at the Hollywood Reporter:
We’re well into [second season pre-production on] the show; scripts are all completed and the final touches are being made and I think the cameras will be rolling in a few weeks. We’re all very excited to get back to Atlanta and sweat.
If you’re wondering who’s written all those episodes after the much-reported “firing” of the writing staff, well, Kirkman would like to set the record straight on that a little. Oh, and tease some, too:
We have a full writing staff; there are three full-time staff writers and a freelancer: Evan Reilly (Rescue Me), Scott Gimple (FlashForward) and Angela Kang (Terriers) and one freelancer.[Executive producer Frank] Darabont and [new executive producer] Glen Mazzara and myself are all working on the show. All that reporting about the writers being fired and going freelance, that was all something that never really happened… [Stephen King writing an episode has] been discussed a little bit. Everyone involved on both sides of that are very anxious to make that happen; AMC is excited; Frank Darabont is excited; I’m excited. I know Stephen King and Joe Hill are excited. We’ll see if we can make that come together. I can neither confirm nor deny.
(Worth pointing out that initial reports of the writers’s staff being dissolved for the second season seemed to have resulted from a game of telephone about the departure of executive producer Chic Englee, now heading up FX’s adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis’ Powers…)
Unsurprisingly, Kirkman is hoping that the success of Walking Dead will bring other comics to television:
Comics are a great source for entertainment. More so than movies, I think that comic books kind of fit some of us really well because for the most part they are continuing stories that are told from month-to-month, or multiple years. That’s really a format that translates great in TV… I think AMC’s marketing team was spot-on with every single thing that they did. Because of the power of Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd, a terrific show came together. It’s been the one that has people going, “Oh, this is something this can be done.”
I’m really thankful that the success of The Walking Dead has had and I hope it’s leading to more graphic novels being picked up and turned into television shows, as opposed to more zombie shows. I think it’s great that networks aren’t just going, “OK, well, we can do a zombie show and we’ll have similar success,” but actually taking a look at the source material, which in a way, is a better move on their part.
He even mentions two titles he’d like to see make the leap: Nick Spencer’s Morning Glories and Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips’ Criminal. Wouldn’t it be nice if Kirkman could make some AMC connections happen for either…?