Walking Dead Tv Series: Mtv Exclusive Kirkman Interview!

I just read an interview with Robert Kirkman on The Walking Dead Tv series today at Mtv.com. I am really hoping they can pull the grit from the comic book onto the tv screen. It’s obviously a major concern of many people. Even though in the interveiw Kirkman claims the comic book does not rely on gore it still should be noted that he pushes the limit far beyond what’s normally seen on television in the series.

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 Either way I am pumped to see how well this show turns out & here is some of what Mtv had to report in the interview:

“MTV: So, everyone seems to be in agreement about how great of a pairing it is for Darabont to be directing “The Walking Dead”…

ROBERT KIRKMAN: When I heard that Darabont was interested in doing it a long, long time ago, I was just ecstatic. For me, “The Walking Dead” is not necessarily a horror thing. It’s not all about the shocks. It’s about characters and all of that dramatic nonsense. And Darabont does that better than anybody.

If you’ve seen “The Shawshank Redemption” or “The Mist,” you know he gets to the heart of the characters and shows them dealing with extremes. It’s a match made in heaven.

MTV: There were rumors that Guillermo Del Toro was initially interested in the project. Was that the case? Did you know about him being interested, too?

KIRKMAN: I did, yes.

MTV: How much will you be involved in shaping the series on AMC?

KIRKMAN: I’m going to be an executive producer on the show, so I’ll have my hands all over the thing. But it’s important to me that I’m only involved in the show as much my comic book career will allow. I’m excited that there is a television show, and I’m excited that Darabont is involved—and one of the big reasons for that is that I trust him. I don’t need to look over his shoulder.

Frank understands the material 100 percent. It’s always been shocking to me, doing Hollywood meetings over the years, just how easy it is for someone to come in to the meeting and say something like, “We want the zombies to have super powers.” Knowing that, I’m really excited about it, because from my discussions with Frank, he likes the right things about “Walking Dead.”

MTV: How will the TV series relate to the comic? Will it follow the same basic story arc, or will it explore a new area of the “Walking Dead” universe?

KIRKMAN: I’ve told Frank flat-out that I do not want him to follow the comic to the detriment of the show. I encourage him to veer off if he has something that will work really well on TV that wouldn’t work in a comic. I don’t want people who enjoy the comic to be watching the TV show and going, “Oh, this is leading to that one thing I already know about from the comic.”

I think it will be 100-percent true to the tone of the series, but at the same time it will be an entertaining, secondary way of experiencing “The Walking Dead” in a completely different light, so I’m excited.

MTV: There’s been some concern that the series might lose its edge being broadcast on AMC instead of one of the less-restricted networks like HBO or Showtime. Is that something you’re worried about? Is that even a concern?

KIRKMAN: I had no concerns about that whatsoever, because one of the concerns I have about zombie fiction is when they rely too much on the shocking gore aspects. That’s not really the point of “Walking Dead,” so to a certain extant, I think it will work better at AMC—because it forces people not to rely on that stuff. As far as “Walking Dead” not having teeth on AMC, if you’ve ever seen [certain episodes of] “Mad Men” or “Breaking Bad,” they push a lot of boundaries as far as content goes.

In fact, I just had a meeting with a bunch of the executives at AMC, and Darabont, and Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert at Circle of Confusion, and the executives were talking to Darabont about his script and they said, “You can’t use the F-word.” That was the only limitation they gave him. We were all stunned.

The thing is, you don’t necessarily have to see everything that’s going on, and sometimes things are even more horrific when you don’t see the goriest parts.”

For the full story visit Mtv.com.

So after reading the interview what do you think about it now?

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One comment

  1. 1frombeyond

    I don’t want to get down on it yet but,

    “KIRKMAN: I’ve told Frank flat-out that I do not want him to follow the comic to the detriment of the show. I encourage him to veer off if he has something that will work really well on TV that wouldn’t work in a comic. I don’t want people who enjoy the comic to be watching the TV show and going, “Oh, this is leading to that one thing I already know about from the comic.””

    Fuck that. In other words Kirkman is pre-building an excuse for the potential tanking of this show. This comic is his legacy, much more so than Invincible or any of the other projects he’s mildly succeeded at in the superhero genre. The source material for the book is exactly what makes it something beyond typical zombie-fare and should be brought to televisions as such. Kirkman, being the confirmed a-hole that he is, should’ve had the nuts to say ‘No’ when it comes to deviating from the source material.

    Are we going to get Rick, Michonne and Dale or Diesel, Rodge and McQ? What if they decide that “quicker” zombies work better for the target demographic? This kind of already suggests that the events of the current arc (Twins’ death, etc) would never be delivered in such a way as the comic.

    Again, I say all of this with the utmost hope that I’m wrong in my fears. That statement isn’t exactly promising.

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