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Frank Darabont Steps Down From AMC's The Walking Dead

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Tue, 07/26/2011 - 22:22

picFrank Darabont, the creator, executive producer and director of AMC's hit show "The Walking Dead" is stepping down as the showrunner of the series, reports Deadline.

This is quite the shocker as Darabont was present at this past weekend's San Diego Comic Con which featured "The Walking Dead Panel," with Darabont present.

Deadline reports Darabont may be off the show entirely, but hears talks are underway to have him onboard in some capacity.

"The Walking Dead" hasn't been without its ups and downs as Darabont fired all the writers, and looked to use freelancers for this season, but eventually went back to having a set writing team when he hired Glen Mazzara as the new executive producer.

Update: Mazzara has been named the new showrunner.

Also it seems this is not holding back production as season two is still set to premiere on October 16th.

Not too long ago Darabont was featured on the new series on SYFY, "Hollywood Treasure," where he donated some of rare items from the Shawshank Redemption for Earthquake and Tsunami Relief in Japan. In the same episode, Greg Nicotero's creature effects studio is featured and donates items from AMC's "The Walking Dead."

"The Walking Dead" is based off of creator Robert Kirkman's comic book of the same name from Image Comics.