More details are emerging about Frank Darabont’s departure from The Walking Dead.
A new detailed report in the Hollywood Reporter indicates that Darabont was fired from the show. And the trade paper reports the cable outlet is working hard to make sure none of the cast and crew from the show talk about Darabont’s departure.
Here’s some details from the Hollywood Reporter’s expose:
The crew was briefed separately. One insider says those gathered were stunned at “the duplicity of AMC” for having used Darabont to promote the show at Comic-Con before firing him. And they were angry about the lack of explanation; they were simply told, cryptically, “This isn’t working.” Above all, they were disheartened. “It’s a crushing blow,” says the insider. “Even when you have a hit, they can still destroy you.”
Darabont — like many showrunners, not known for a small ego or manageable temperament — had been working on an edit in Los Angeles. After he was sent packing, he returned to give some final notes. He sent farewell e-mails to associates on the show. But he has maintained a steady silence in the media as his representatives work out the terms of his departure. Through his lawyer, Darabont said he has no interest in talking to the press.
There also have been no public comments from the cast, and a source with knowledge of the situation says AMC has been “terrorizing” them and their representatives to discourage them from speaking out on Darabont’s behalf. “They’re scared,” confirms another insider. “They’re on a zombie show. They are all really easy to kill off.”