The Walking Dead Updates

The Walking Dead Updates

With much of the main casting finalized and shooting set to commence this summer, Frank Darabont’s television adaptation of The Walking Dead for AMC is certainly kicking into high gear — and Robert Kirkman is talking all about it.

The comic book scribe spoke with Ain’t It Cool News about the television adaptation of his long-running horror series, providing updates on just how much gore fans can expect and whether or not the series will be shot in black-and-white.

“Anything you have seen in ‘Breaking Bad’ we can do every minute of our show,” Kirkman said, indicating that “Walking Dead” would feature gore on the level of severed heads and exploding brains. “There’s a lot of things you can get away with, because they are zombies, so you will be seeing all kinds of cool stuff that you would expect to see in ‘The Walking Dead: The TV Show.'”

Kirkman also clarified that the show won’t be shot in black-and-white, despite the lack of color seen in the comic book series.

“I kind of like that the show is going to be somewhat different than the comic, so that it will be a different experience for people who like the comic and read the comic. I’m fine with it being in color and I think it’s going to be great,” he said. “Now it’s not going to be a rainbowy bright color kind of show because I know they are doing a lot of visual stuff to kind of dull things down and not put a lot of bright colors on screen and make it visually interesting and fit the tone of the story, but it’s not going to be black and white.”

Kirkman’s assertion that the show will differ from the comic book applies to the story, as well. While certain arcs and developments will mirror the comics, Kirkman said that the TV show will introduce completely new characters and story-lines in order to keep things fresh for fans of both versions of the story. One character he imagines will make its way to the AMC series is the Governor.

“We will probably eventually see The Governor because that is a big part of the comic book,” said Kirkman. “So, there’s cool stuff like that that will definitely be making into the show if we continue on, but it’s not going to follow the comic book story for story.”

Additionally, Kirkman confirmed speculation that Jeffrey DeMunn is playing Dale on the show.

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