The Walking Dead Adds More Zombie Food
Creator Robert Kirkman talks about changes to the show and more cast members are added - also a possible musical score from a Gears of War composer
The AMC comic adaptation ‘The Walking Dead’ is moving along at full force now. New cast members added to the show include IronE Singleton as a new character named T-Dog and Keith Allan Hayes in an undisclosed role (possibly Tyreese). Both actors had small roles in The Blind Side. Here is Keith Allan Hayes – he more than looks a little bit like Tyrese – A Walking Dead character favorite.
Emma Bell has also joined the cast. She was most recently in the ski lift horror flick Frozen. Rumor has it she will be Andrea’s younger sister Amy, who has a recurring role in the comic.
Also to clear the casting of Addy Miller – she won’t be playing Sophia as initially suspected – but will instead be playing a zombified child.
Series creator Robert Kirkman went on to talk about seeing these characters come to life on the TV set and how weird it was knowing what he does to these people in his book. Minor spoilers ahead – but no names. Head to the link to see full spoilers from the book.
“It’s interesting because they’re not characters that I’m writing very much any more. I’m working on the book every month, but most of the people on the show are dead in the comic. Spoiler alert!,” laughed Kirkman, “I’m walking around set thinking to myself, “Yeah, I killed that guy. Yup, killed her. Probably gonna kill him next issue!” So it’s a different experience, and there are a lot of cool twists that are going to make the show entertaining for people who have read the comic.”
Kirkman went on to say that he believes the TV show will be better than his comics by far and that the pilot episode director Frank Darabont is improving everything that he did years ago when it was just a black and white comic.
“Everyone is really trying to do good by the comic, and there are scenes that are straight out of it. I think that fans are just going to be thrilled. But at the same time, Frank is vastly improving the material.” Said Kirkman, “And there are things here and there that along the way I should have caught, but didn’t. There’s some amazing stuff he added for Morgan’s character in the Pilot episode that’s just not in the comic. It was back story, but he handles it in a way that just really brings it to the forefront. It’s like, Morgan, that guy is an awesome character!”
For the full interview to read more on character spoilers and action scenes being shot hit the link at the bottom to The Walking Dead Podcast.
As for the TV show's score -
The composer for the Gears of War videogame franchise is interested in composing The Walking Dead as well. Kevin Riepl, who has also done the scores for Shrek 1 and 2 made a full pitch for the show over Twitter. Nothing is official yet – but here’s the link to the video of his pitch. You don't need a Facebook account to view it.
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