Comic-Con: Walking Dead Live Blog

Posted by inferiorego (23319 posts) - - Show Bio

In case you didn't know, AMC will air the Walking Dead television show this upcoming October, and we got into San Diego Comic-Con's Walking Dead panel. What will it contain? Who will be there? Will the internet work? Stay tuned for the live blog to find out more!
 
11:34 Joel Stillerman comes to the stage, creative guy. Greg Nicotera, make-up artist, comes up. Robert Kirkman rushes up to the stage. Frank Darabont comes up.
 
11:35 Ep104 was written by Robert Kirkman himself.  Darabont talks about how Kirkman's zombie work is great and he has an expanded universe. "I wanted to do something bold for television that deals with the genre I love." They've been working on this for roughly 5 years. Stillerman says they're in partnership with Fox to release, and the show will release in October of this year.
 
11:40 Kirkman thought originally that the show was a tough sell, and feels great that AMC really got behind it, and we will see some sort of footage. He feels blessed. Talking to Greg abut zombie make-up. They tried to pull visuals from the actual comic. They had a zombie school in Atlanta to audition zombies. They went with really thin people mainly. Charlie Adler was on set quite a bit. He got to be a zombie on set.Kirkman didn't want to be a zombie because he didn't want t shave and "it was too sticky." 
 
11:44 "It feels like 6 one hour movies" says the producer. Moderator asks Frank Darabont about adaptation. "The breadcrumbs left by Mr Kirkman are great ones." They "take ever interesting detour they can" which Kirkman has been great about and he approves of Frank's work. "It'll surprise the hardcore fans of the comic... but the stuff they know will be there too..." Kirkman: "I don't want anyone who reads the comics to watch the show and say 'I know what happens next' I think you guys will all be blown away."
 
 11:47 Composer: Barren McCrerry. (Spell check) He did the work on Battlestar Galactica. and clip... 
 
11:55 Holy f'n "a" this show looks "f'n awesome. It's essentially exactly what I was hoping for. I'll explain more later... here comes the cast.
 
11:58 Cast introduces themselves. They are super excited about the clip we've all just witnessed, since it's the first time they've seen it as well. They hope to please the fans more than anything else. Cast continues introducing themselves. 
 
12:00 2 new additions to cast: Norman Reedis... Michael Rooker... Question from moderator: Where they familiar with the comic before the show? Lincoln: No, but he was intrigued by the story, so he went to his local comic store and started reading it. Andrew Lincoln loves everything about this. Lincoln went all the way to Hollywood to audition in Frank's garage. Sarah, who plays Grimes' wife, never read a comic before the show, but now she reads comics, and has the fear of the zombie apocalypse in her. 
 
12:11 Internet slow, sorry. Long talk about shooting in Atlanta and how hot it is. Short discussion about prostetics and heat. Now other cast mates are praising Andrew Lincoln. Lots of people leaving... Why? There must be another big panel... Ok, back to the clip. It was nothing more than a 5 minute trailer for the show. It was dismal and thematically dark. There's actually panels of the comic in the trailer. Floor open to questions. He asks why Georgia? I have answer: That's where the comic takes place. Frank Darabont says exactly what I said. Darabont then disses California on their taxes when filming. He's swearing up a storm by dissing L.A. I love you Frank Darabont.
 
12:17 Guy who asks question gets booed off for back-tracking on his question. Question 2: How will you film Carl? Darabont: "He's animatronic." That's a joke. Everyone wants huge spoilers.... Kirkman: "This thing's going to be chalkfull of dead children, watch out." Same woman: What about the gore with AMC? AMC doesn't pull-punches, and the team has not had to edit anything as of yet. AMC has NEVER said to pull it back. They had to cut back on the reel for the convention because this is a family convention. Darabont is angry about this. Kirkman mocks him.
 
12:24 Lots of fans ask questions about characters was too far into the book. People want to know who will play the Governer... Too far sirs. Good question time: Did you guys ever think about shooting in B&W? Producer Gail says they used many different types of cameras but they ended up using super 16, really grainy, old school, nice film stock... Gail says MAYBE we'll see something along those lines on DVD. Crowd seems to want it.
 
12:28 Only a couple more questions allowed. Now one more... How will you handle what happens netween carl shane and rick... audience boos. Darabont says they're following Kirkman's work, but it will take a while to get there. Kid who plays Carl will be amazing according to everyone on the panel.... they're going to show the reel again... AWESOME! Coming out in October. ALL DONE
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#1 Posted by BringBackPowerPack (64 posts) - - Show Bio

hmm

#2 Posted by danhimself (22499 posts) - - Show Bio

I CAN'T WAIT!

#3 Posted by dondasch (926 posts) - - Show Bio

Is it January yet ?

#4 Posted by RedK (2521 posts) - - Show Bio

cool, anyone else notice that the pictures of Carl show him wearing a Science Dog t-shirt

#5 Posted by ballsnbayonets (42 posts) - - Show Bio

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!! cant wait october!

#7 Posted by NightFang (9997 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool.

#8 Posted by Lady Tlieso (10198 posts) - - Show Bio

Excellent coverage IE!!! So happy to hear that you liked the footage they showed. I'm sure I'll love it then. :)

#9 Posted by simply_me (23 posts) - - Show Bio

SO excited :)

#10 Posted by folax523 (5 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't wait. Just read the coverage from IGN. I was already hyped, but with this... this show's gonna be amazing!

#11 Posted by The Cyan Lantern (240 posts) - - Show Bio

sounds great

#12 Posted by Joeybagad0nutz (1378 posts) - - Show Bio

LUCKY!!! You guys get to see a clip.... I WANT TO SEE THIS DAMN SHOW ALREADY!
#13 Posted by skaarason (683 posts) - - Show Bio

 I CAN'T WAIT! also !!!!!!!!!!  

#14 Posted by the_nightwalker (155 posts) - - Show Bio

awesome

#15 Posted by Xion (247 posts) - - Show Bio

i want to see the clip!

#16 Posted by Yumulu (762 posts) - - Show Bio

hope it will be as good as the hype.

#17 Posted by grimm (525 posts) - - Show Bio

I haven't read the book but it looks good! I was worried about a zombie program on AMC (it isn't like HBO where you can do anything) but it is good to see that they aren't being hindered.

#18 Posted by Marlowe (6 posts) - - Show Bio

I cannot wait for this show

#19 Posted by DoubleFang (7 posts) - - Show Bio

Walking dead is going to be awesome, can't wait to see some zombie killing
#20 Posted by seagalli (4 posts) - - Show Bio

The team of Darabont and Kirkman will positively produce something that is decent. I hope its amazing but will try to not get my hopes up.

#21 Posted by Bigheart711 (2201 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm definitely gonna love that show. >:)
#22 Posted by DrkImmrtl (9 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't wait for this show to premiere.  But, I'll have to get all caught up on the comic first, I so far behind its not even funny.

#23 Posted by baynine (4 posts) - - Show Bio

im so effn excited, no joke! i <3 zombies 0:) 
the comic is my faaaave.

#24 Posted by sociald1077 (34 posts) - - Show Bio

Just another month till the new series starts! Squee!

#25 Posted by Juanmower (11 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm excited for the show, especially since I live in Atlanta. And the comics were good, but that damn manifesto that's in the beginning that talks about not wanting to do cliche's, and then proceeding to do EVERY cliche, kind of crappy.

#26 Posted by gave1 (14 posts) - - Show Bio

just a couple more weeks.

#27 Posted by Zaber (263 posts) - - Show Bio

yahoo! walkiing dead will be great !

#28 Posted by hogscraper (16 posts) - - Show Bio

Poor Micheal Rooker... 

#29 Posted by tsorfamme (19 posts) - - Show Bio

This Series has been better than I expected so far. Good Job

#30 Posted by Zenistar (26 posts) - - Show Bio

:)

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