The Walking Dead director Frank Darabont has fired the entire writing staff of the AMC series despite the show’s high ratings.
For the second season of the series, Darabont plans on using freelancers to script the 13 episodes already ordered by AMC. It is speculated that he could encounter some resistance from members of the Writers Guild. While some writer turnover is expected between seasons, entire overhauls is not commonplace.
The Walking Dead did something incredible in its first season, it not only achieved praise among fans and critics of the genre, but it also gathered interested from people who did not care for the genre, such as myself. It was the story and imagery that drew us all in, and the writing that kept us. Darabont wrote the pilot and second episode of the first season, and then co-wrote/re-wrote the remaining four. Perhaps the writing team just wasn’t up to par, and Darabont didn’t want to have re-write all of season 2? I’m sure there’s probably more to this than is currently being let on.
Currently, Torchwood is the only other series on the air right now that does not have a writing staff on-board. Do you think The Walking Dead will be able to continue with high ratings with freelancers holding the reigns? Sound off below in our comment section!
On a happier note, AMC is planning to release the first season on DVD and Blu-ray in Spring 2011 through Anchor Bay Entertainment.