This Now-Canceled WALKING DEAD Webseries Actually Sounds Pretty Cool

Before splitting from AMC on less than amicable terms, Frank Darabont had a clever idea for a web series with actor Sam Witwer that was described as "Blak Hawk Down but with zombies."

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By Mark Julian - 1/4/2012

Source: Paranormal Pop Culture

Actor Sam Witwer has revealed some interesting details about a now canceled Walking Dead web series that Frank Darabont had been laying the groundwork for since early Season 1. Here's what Sam had to say:

WITWER: "I was already in The Walking Dead. You guys have heard what's happened, recently. I'm furious at them for this, because Frank is my friend, he's my buddy. Not only is he my buddy, but he's a guy I'm extremely loyal to, because he gave me a shot with The Mist, when I didn't have a hell of a lot going on. Here's a guy who gets his cast and crew together and gives AMC a show, packages it all together, which is way cheaper than anywhere else because everyone is working way under their pay grade. Why? Because they want to and love working with Frank Darabont.

He has shared with me what kind of pay cuts people were taking, and I am also friends with other people on that set in other departments. He said to me, 'Look, I think it would be really cool to tell a prequel story about how Atlanta fell, do Black Hawk Down, but with zombies, have a few main characters pass through, but the lead will be you. You're a soldier and all these horrible things happen, and the chain of command breaks down, and, eventually, you have to take out your superior officer. Then, eventually, in the end, you get bit.' He's pitching me this. 'You're crawling and you crawl into this tank and you have a grenade and you're going to blow yourself up, but you set the grenade next to you and you die. Then, we reprise the scene from the pilot, where Rick gets in the tank and there's a zombie there.'

If you look closely, I played that zombie, because we were setting up this prequel we were going to do. If you watch the pilot of The Walking Dead, that's me in the tank as the zombie, and then Rick blasts him and he gets deafened, and he gets that grenade which saves him at the end of the season."




Witwer goes on to praise Darabont while sticking it to AMC a little bit:

WITWER: "It's not happening now. Why? Because AMC wanted to save a few bucks. That is just one example of the kind of cool, awesome forethought, this guy has put into this show, that is now absolutely written off. For me, it doesn't matter much because I'm busy doing Being Human. We were going to schedule things around. I'm not lamenting the loss of a job, I'm lamenting the loss of an amazing idea. And there are dozens and dozens of amazing ideas just like that, which are now gone."


Sounds like this could've been a great miniseries, much better than the crawling, half-zombie woman. Regardless, it seems clear to me that whether you think Season 2 is good or bad, you can definitely feel Darabont's absence in terms of the overall tone of the show.





The Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed for television by Frank Darabont and based on the ongoing comic book series, The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as Sheriff's Deputy Rick Grimes who wakes up after being in a coma to find the world inhabited with zombies. He then sets out to find his family and other survivors along the way.

The series premiered on October 31, 2010, and is broadcast on the cable television channel AMC in the United States. The first season premiered to wide acclaim and was nominated for several awards, including the Best Television Series Drama at the 68th Golden Globe Awards. Based on its reception, AMC renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes which premiered on October 16, 2011. Two episodes into the second season, AMC announced that the show would return for a third season.

The first season of The Walking Dead was well received by critics, with a rating of 82 out of a 100 on Metacritic. The season one premiere was watched by over 5.3 million people. The season two premiere was watched by more than 7 million viewers. The Walking Dead also received many nominations, including a Writers Guild of America Award and a Golden Globe Award for a Best Television Series Drama.





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TristanThatGuy - 1/4/2012, 9:20 PM
Aw man that would've been pretty cool.
DCwanabe - 1/4/2012, 9:23 PM
Man that could have been fun. I like sam witwer's characters, usually.
Christuffer - 1/4/2012, 9:25 PM
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buckycap13 - 1/4/2012, 9:36 PM
Holy hell, I thought that was Sam Witwer as the tank zombie when I first saw the episode!
Rodimus9 - 1/4/2012, 9:45 PM
Probably why he(Darabont) got let go. Darabont came in thinking he could spend sh*tloads of AMC's money and they decided to let him go. And I'm skeptic on Witwer claiming people got paid below their "pay grade". They're union and get paid their fair share. AMC isn't going to throw money at a series until its proven that it has staying power. That's why Breaking Bad gets re-upped every two seasons.

Like the idea though.
Superville8 - 1/4/2012, 9:50 PM
That sounds so Amazing!!!! Really sucks that AMC is so cheap that they wouldn't spend the few bucks to make this amazing mini-series and keep Frank Darabont on staff. The cast and crew of this show are phenomenal and I can't believe that AMC is so disrespectful to these people. Can't wait for the second half of season 2!
aRandomSinisterClone - 1/4/2012, 10:00 PM
Damn that's a deep easter egg and awesome idea. Go f ur self amc
continuezero - 1/4/2012, 10:11 PM
That woulda been interesting. I kinda get the feeling AMC will catch a drift and bring him back to do this. The money involved would be unreal. You'd attract all the Walking Dead fans.
santoanderson - 1/4/2012, 10:25 PM
So Frank Darabont brings this amazing series to AMC, and offers to make the show for WAY under budget. Then, because of his own sacrifice, he indirectly convinces a ton of talented actors and crew members to join in, at way below their own pay-rates. Then they create this amazing show.... and then AMC bitches that Frank isn't doing enough? [frick] AMC.
Jolt17 - 1/4/2012, 10:26 PM
Wait, so that's him in the tank!? I didn't notice that. And sad thing, this would've made a great stuff; especially with Witwer, cool guy.
herofreak15 - 1/4/2012, 10:26 PM
Damn it! Would've loved to see that. I loved Frank Darabont's work on The Green Mile, still do.
astromerc - 1/4/2012, 10:36 PM
@Rodimus9 Are you for real or do you work for AMC?

AMC is notorious for not wanting to "Throw Money" at any of their shows. They if you remember they tried this with both, Mad Men and Breaking Bad even after they had been "proven". The producers of both shows threatened to leave AMC and they backed down. The difference with the walking dead is that AMC owns a piece of the show, so what AMC says goes. Otherwise we would have seen the Walking Dead continued on another network and Darabont still running the show.

Look it up.
alucard365 - 1/4/2012, 10:43 PM
Awww sad ending :(
Rodimus9 - 1/4/2012, 10:57 PM
@astromerc-Breaking bad and Mad Men havent missed a step since day 1. So they know what theyre doing. I'd like to see where you saw that AMC owns a piece of Walking dead, cause I was under the impression they owned the production rights for tv, which was sold to them by Darabobt.
ScottPilgrim - 1/5/2012, 1:38 AM
AH WHAT DA F*CK. Seems like when they get a good idea they butcher it for money
TheSoulEater - 1/5/2012, 2:29 AM
AWWW MAN!

I would have TOTALLY seen this! Religiously!
Blur1528 - 1/5/2012, 4:09 AM
"You get to see the story of that grenade."

I can only assume the miniseries woulda been called something along the lines of "The Brave Little Grenade"
ManofSteel22 - 1/5/2012, 5:05 AM
All I saw was ''cancelled'' and ''Walking dead''...I craped myself! but thank god I miss read
ZombieOverEasy - 1/5/2012, 8:17 AM
"Now-canceled WALKING DEAD" WTF AMC are you Fox now? "web series..." OH, n/m...

Seriously though, if you google AMC budget cuts I'm sure you'll find a few articles about the belt-tightening AMC did just prior to Walking Dead season 2. I recall reading about budget cuts to Breaking Bad & Walking Dead, while Mad Men and one of their other shows got budget increases.

I like Mad Men, but they pissed off alot of people on 2 of their most popular shows, seems really stupid to me.
Slider13 - 1/5/2012, 8:17 AM
Gusto, Why even bother posting then you miserable douche?
xXkryptoniteXx - 1/5/2012, 8:29 AM
That's every film company and even marvel is doing that slowly with John favreau, edward norton and patty jenkins. Limit the cost and make profit.
joeker - 1/5/2012, 11:04 AM
completely agree with Sam & what he has said sounds like a great idea, such a pity about frank darabont leaving the show a while back season 1 was amazing! but things seemed to have drifted off since frank left i hope whoever made the decision to make him go got fired because i got a feeling things the show will unfortunately get worse & worse
Bandrews1 - 1/5/2012, 11:47 AM
Damn this sounds like could have been a pretty cool idea, such a shame. But now that you look back on pilot, that zombie in the tank did look like him.
KNIGHT3000 - 1/5/2012, 12:46 PM
Cool idea, cool T-shirt too
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