7 posts tagged walking dead
7 posts tagged walking dead
What fans of Zombieland may not realize is that the 2009 hit movie, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, was originally imagined as a TV series.
“We wrote it in 2005 as a spec pilot and sold it to CBS and – this was pre-Walking Dead – and the idea was that zombies had been so successful on the big screen but they have never really been tapped on the small screen,” Paul said. “The success of Zombieland in some ways paved the way for The Walking Dead to be on-air, and The Walking Dead is obviously a huge success. We’re so happy to be back on TV.”
Zombieland: The Series, is one of 14 Amazon original pilots now playing for free at Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM. Viewer response will help determine which of these shows return with full seasons.
We asked with Paul and Rhett about zombies, their cast, and what the future might hold for their characters.
There are a lot of zombie stories out there, but you but you guys have taken it in a direction that I think is more humorous than one might expect, post-apocalypse.
Rhett: Well I think what we wanted to do is to treat the post-apocalypse like an escapist fantasy. There are a lot of post-apocalyptic stories like The Road and similar movies that treat the post apocalypse as a grim experience as it likely would be in real life, but we thought we wanted to turn it on its head a little bit and imagine the post-apocalyptic landscape as a fun one, and one where you could be free and do the kind of things that you wanted to do. Maybe you were the last guy on Earth and maybe there was a cute girl who is also alive, and what would that mean? So we wanted to look at the post-apocalyptic world as a playground full of toys and full of zombies to bash over the head and full of fun experiences and that was a jumping off point for us.
Paul: It’s kind of like Los Angeles during the holiday season when everyone goes out of town, and traffic is a lot less and the air is cleaner and people are happier and we thought my God, that feels a little bit of what it would be like in the post-apocalypse, except you’re being chased by zombies. So the wish fulfillment of that world is something that we really wanted to tap into that really sets us apart from all the other zombie projects, the idea that again you can drive Lamborghinis. You can just go to the Lamborghini dealership and grab a yellow Lamborghini if you wanted to. And you could get the hot girl because, you know, there aren’t a lot of choices out there.
by Glen Mazzara
The Walking Dead is, at its core, a show about humanity. But there’s also a lot of zombie-killin’ going on. And “there is a great amount of thought and care that goes into every single kill,” according to outgoing showrunner Glen Mazzara.
“Every time a script is released, we sit down at a table and we have the zombie makeup guys, the stunt guys, the digital effects guys, the writer, the AD, and they go through every single kill and decide, “How is this kill going to be done? How is this kill going to be staged? What sort of effects do we need?” … We want to always make sure that these zombies are frightening, and feel realistic and feel prevalent. We really want to feel like they’re everywhere. …
And because they are, in a sense, individual characters, they need individual deaths.”
More from Glen Mazzara on The Walking Dead (which resumes its third season Sunday), the appeal of Daryl, pushing limits and the art of the cliffhanger.
Walking with Daryl
Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara, on the appeal of crossbow-wielding, apocalypse-surviving Daryl Dixon:
Daryl’s just the everyman. Norman [Reedus] does a great job of playing that character just as cool as possible, just understated. Norman’s just a wonderful actor, and his biceps look great when he’s running around holding a crossbow. He’s also just a guy who doesn’t get rattled. He’s the guy you want by your side in this zombie apocalypse. He has a heart, he’s smart, he’s a survivalist. He’s the perfect person to have by your side. People just trust him and are rooting for him. …
He could lead this group. Now here comes his brother, who’s going to complicate his life and possibly undo everything he’s worked so hard for. It’s a very, very good challenge for him.
More from Glen Mazzara on The Walking Dead, pushing limits and the art of the cliffhanger.
Showrunner Glen Mazzara is merciful — OK, maybe not to the characters on The Walking Dead, but to fans. His belief is that midseason finales should be managed with care, not leaving too much hanging for too long. “Sometimes I worry about cliffhangers, that they can be frustrating to the audience,” he said.
Which isn’t to say that Mazzara won’t put beloved characters in peril — he’s done it plenty this season, the show’s third, and delivered monster ratings in the process (the midseason finale attracted 15.2 million viewers earlier this month).
We talked with Mazzara shortly before news broke that this season, which resumes in February, will be his last as showrunner and executive producer for The Walking Dead. Be warned, spoilers abound in this interview. Don’t listen or read further until you’re caught up.
Some highlights, including Mazzara’s take on finales, humanity in a zombified world, the freedom the setting provides, and how far he’ll push characters:
AMC indeed has a monster hit on its hands with “The Walking Dead,” which wrapped up its fall episodes with a whopping 10.5 million viewers. For reference, that’s the biggest audience for ANY show, in broadcast or cable, this fall. Monster indeed.
Read more about it here.
Reblogged from deadlinecom