UPDATED: AMC has released the following statement:
The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara, writer and executive producer, is expanding his responsibilities to assume the role of showrunner. AMC is 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.
Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead graphic novels, executive producer and writer on the series, will remain in this role and will continue to steward the brand. Gale Anne Hurd will remain in her role as Executive Producer. The production continues on schedule for an October 16th premiere.
It looks like the zombies have claimed another victim, and this time, it’s one of their own. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that the mastermind behind the hit AMC series “The Walking Dead,” Frank Darabont, is leaving the show just as it’s preparing to launch its’ second season. The word from Deadline is that Darabont, who comes from the world of feature films, never adjusted to the brutal schedule of TV production. Despite reports that he is gone completely, Deadline is claiming talks are ongoing to keep him on the show in some capacity. The good news is that this behind-the-scenes turmoil hasn’t slowed down production, and the next season of “Walking Dead” is still slated for an Oct. 16 premiere date.