Speaking at the Produced By Conference, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert spoke of NBC passing on the series and the joke that creator Robert Kirkman made to get the green light for the comic book.
From early meetings with NBC to the quick greenlight at AMC,Gale Anne Hurd and executive producer David Alpert recalled the beginning of The Walking Dead during a Saturday panel at the Produced By Conference in Los Angeles.
Hurd, joined by senior vp business affairs at AMC Marci Wiseman and exec vp global scripted programming original development at Fox International Channels Sharon Tal Yguado, recalled that she first learned of The Walking Dead when it was first published in 2003 but was focused on feature films at the time and didn’t know how to find an ending for a movie based on the series and put it on the shelf.
Like the previous releases, the third season comes stuffed with tons of bonus features, including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, never-before-seen featurettes, audio commentaries from cast and crew, deleted scenes and other surprises.
In addition, Anchor Bay proudly announces that, in response to overwhelming fan response to last year’s Season 2 limited edition “zombie head” packaging, “The Walking Dead”: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray will be available in a limited edition “zombie head tank” package (water not included!) specially created once again by McFarlane Toys.
Season 3 follows the weary group of survivors led by police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), as they take refuge in a prison and attempt to set up a permanent camp. But while invading zombies are an ever-present danger, they must also battle the living, not only in the form of abandoned prisoners, but also the sadistic “Governor” (David Morrissey) and his followers. New characters introduced this season include Danai Gurira as “Michonne,” with her two “zombie pets” in tow, and Dallas Roberts as the Governor’s lieutenant Milton, as well as the return of Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker).
The Walking Dead Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd talks about Season 4’s ravenous new walkers and which characters from the show would make great producers.
Q: Sports teams have a boot camp-like practice to get back in shape for the season. What do you do to get everyone back in the swing of things on the set of The Walking Dead?
A: We have to hit the ground running every season. We do have zombie school every year, so our walkers get up to speed. It’s really more of a winnowing-out process — that extras who are eager to become zombies come in and audition for Greg [Nicotero] and he selects the ones that are most unique and believable. But in general, this is our fourth season, and people are so eager to get back. After the first set-up this year, everyone applauded and cheered.
Q: Every year the walkers show us something new. What can fans expect from Season 4’s walkers?
A: I think we’ll have walkers who are even more ravenous than before. We’re in a world where there are fewer people and more walkers, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw that on-screen this season.
Already a national sensation and a hit TV show, now Spanish-speaking fans of The Walking Dead series will be able to enjoy it.
The editors of the popular comic book announced late last week that they will print the collected version, or graphic novel, this September in Spanish to introduce the zombie horror epic to another sector of fans.
“We’re excited to bring The Walking Dead to the Spanish-speaking market in the United States,” said Skybound’s Director of Business Development Shawn Kirkham. “Our hope is that The Walking Dead in Spanish will help develop a new fan base in this emerging market for comic books.”
Skybound is series creator Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, a company he serves as a partner in.
The 100th issue of The Walking Dead, according to the editors, sold more copies than any other comic in the 21st century.
Kirkman also turned the comic into a hit TV series on AMC, which set cable records for viewers. Its third season finale attracted 12.4 million viewers this past May.
The comic is a long-running series that follows Georgia police officer Rick Grimes as he wakes up from a coma to see the world he once knew is gone and inhabited by zombies.
He searches for his family and eventually finds them meeting other interesting characters and trying to live in the remains of the “zombie apocalypse.”
Grimes and his associates learn that zombies aren’t the only thing to fear in the new world.
A Latino presence is featured in both the comic and the TV series via a character referred to as ‘Martinez.’
Kirkman wrote an episode in the first season entitled “Vatos” that involved Latino gang members with more to them than what is initially revealed.
The first six issues of the series, entitled Days Gone Bye, will be released in Spanish as Días Pasados.
The next collected volumes of the series will be released quarterly.
In an interview with Sirius XM radio, Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, shared some details about Season 4 of The Walking Dead. Norman Reedus said, “The scripts this season are just amazing. The sets are crazy. It feels like we’ve shot about three movies already. It’s super intense, and everything’s for a specific reason, and it’s great right now.”