Frank Darabont leaves The Walking Dead

WITH the second series of AMC‘s stunning and critically-acclaimed The Walking Dead round the corner, the news that Frank Darabont has left the show has come as a surprise.

There has been no reason for his decision to quit made public, but AMC has moved quickly to announce who’ll be taking over as show-runner.

That role now falls to Glen Mazzara, who had written one of the episodes for the opening season.

A statement from AMC said: “The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara, writer and executive producer, is expanding his responsibilities to assume the role of showrunner. AMC is grateful to executive producer, writer and pilot director Frank Darabont whose contributions to the success of The Walking Dead are innumerable. We continue to discuss his ongoing role with the series.”

Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead graphic novels, executive producer and writer on the series, will remain in this role and will continue to steward the brand. Gale Anne Hurd will remain in her role as Executive Producer. The production continues on schedule for an October 16th premiere.”

Time will tell whether Darabont’s leaving will affect The Walking Dead, which is due back on TV screens in October.

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