'Walking Dead' Shocker: Frank Darabont Steps Down As Showrunner

Deadline Exclusive: This is a quite a bombshell -- I have learned that Frank Darabont, the creator, executive producer and director of AMC's smash hit The Walking Dead, is stepping down as showrunner of the series, which is now in production on its upcoming second season. The news is even more surprising given the fact that Darabont was on hand for Walking Dead's Comic-Con panel just this past Friday alongside fellow executive producers Robert Kirkman, on whose graphic novel the series is based, and Gale Anne Hurd and appeared excited about Season 2.

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Crazay1912d ago

This is potentially a really bad thing to happen to the series. He was so passionate about the whole thing and it was easy to see on screen. The only thing I can hope for is that Gale Ann Hurd stays on board and perhaps Darabont jumps into another Stephen King Project like the Dark ATower series or maybe even Under the Dome.

alycakes1912d ago

I wonder what happened? They said he was fine at Comic Con and nothing was said about it. Do you think he was offered something elsewhere that he just couldn't refuse?

JL1912d ago

Wow, that kinda sucks. And it's especially crazy since he was just at Comic-Con promoting the show last week. Wonder what that's all about.