Walking Dead Will Occasionally Lumber From Comic’s Path

AMC’s The Walking Dead will “take detours” from the road map provided by the Robert Kirkman-penned comic, director Frank Darabont confirms.

“We’re much more beholden to Kirkman, which is a comfortable place to be because he has blazed a fantastic trail for us to follow,” Darabont tells FEARNet. “We will take detours along that path — we will take steps off the trail — but always wind up veering back onto the trail that Robert provides for us, because it’s fantastic stuff.”

Based on the long-running Image Comics series by Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, The Walking Dead follows a group of people struggling to survive in the wake of an epidemic that’s left the world overrun by zombies.

“Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, the graphic novel series, is very much a template for us,” Darabont says, “and it’s a tremendous opportunity to take the subject as serious as possible, and really as a long-term exploration of characters, which is what television does best when television is really working.”

The six-episode first season, which debuts in October during AMC’s annual Fearfest horror marathon, so far stars Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn.

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  • Bryan H

    That’s cool with me. Much as I love the comic book, I think the show will be better if it’s allowed to do its own thing and not be beholden to the comic.

  • Scott Cole

    I am fine with this. The books are great but one of he great things about the book was the shock of the unexpected. Knowing that there will be variance between the book and show will allow for that to still be true.

  • http://www.comicsaredead.com comicsaredead

    This makes me excited and nervous all at once. Excited there will be surprises, but nervous that the surprises will be lame. Oh bother…