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'The Walking Dead' Talk at Comic Con

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 24th 2010 1:45PM
walking_dead_amc_posterFor a show about zombies, the panel on Friday for the upcoming AMC series 'The Walking Dead' was pretty lively. This is due in no small part to the cult following that the Robert Kirkman-created comic book has. (Imagine, a panel at Comic Con that actually has a connection to comics.)

Comic Con could be the biggest PR event that the cast and producers do this summer, but it won't be the last. Producers are hoping that by the time the show's October premiere rolls around that the whole world will know about 'The Walking Dead.'

Kirkman, who will also serve as the show's executive producer, was joined on the panel by cast members including Sarah Wayne Callies, Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden and Emma Bell and executive producers Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd.

The show hired some actors to play zombies to walk up and down the aisles during the panel. "I'm shaking," said Callies, who accidentally knocked her name tag off the table (perhaps so the zombies couldn't find her?).

The show announced two cast additions: Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus will play brothers Merle and Daryl Dixon.

If there's a second season, producers would love to explore hiring directors that are known for their work in the horror genre to come on board and direct an episode. They're also thinking about adding a black and white version of the pilot as a DVD extra if the series makes it to a DVD release.

The Q&A session turned a tad nasty when an out-of-work, union member (actor, maybe?) asked why the show's being shot in Georgia and not in Los Angeles, which, the attendee noted, could really use the work?

"L.A. sucks!" yelled out one audience member.

"It was written for Atlanta," said Darabont, suggesting that California get its [expletive] together and offer some tax incentives for TV and film producers. "Write to [Governor] Arnold Schwarzenegger," he suggested.

"Our crew in Atlanta worked so hard," Callies shared. "Our crew was awesome."

The attendee pressed the issue, which was, of course, his choice, but the comic book does take place in Georgia as Darabont correctly pointed out. (And why shouldn't producers work in states that will offer tax breaks?)

The pro-California attendee was, naturally, promptly heckled on by several audience members.

"Boo!" cried out some.

"Go be a waiter," snarked another.

Talk about your tough crowds.

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