George A. Romero is the father of the zombie film, and an unquestioned genius of the genre. His last two movies fell a little flat, but are still better than 90% of the horror garbage out there today. But he’s not working on anything right now, and he’s got a fairly decent reason for it.
In an interview with Big Issue recently, he was asked about the subject, and had this to say:
Once they bleed out of pop culture I’ll be able to go back and do them again. I don’t want to touch them now. Gosh, they are all over the place. The Walking Dead is the number one television series in the States, World War Z, games, commercials… Ugh! It’s too much!
He was asked to direct a few episodes of The Walking Dead, but explains in the interview why he refused:
They asked me to do a couple of episodes of The Walking Dead but I didn’t want to be a part of it. Basically it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now.
So because pop culture is over saturated with zombies at the moment, he will go back to work on zombie movies when the fervor has calmed down. For now, he doesn’t want to be just another face in the crowd, which I can respect.
If you’ve got a Romero jones though – which I basically always do – he’s writing a 5 part comic book miniseries for Marvel called Empire of the Dead. I’ll definitely be picking up each issue as they start coming out in January.
Think you know The Walking Dead? Well, maybe you do. There are plenty of TWD superfans out there! But even if you are one, you may not have known some of these facts!
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Norman Reedus originally went in to audition for the role of Merle. Thank the gods for insightful casting directors!
HBO passed on The Walking Dead because it was too violent.
Carl’s stunt double is a 31 year old woman named Ashley.
In Michone’s introductory scene, Danai Gurira had not yet been cast. So the mysterious, cloaked figure was not her.
The word “zombie” is not used in the show. Why? According to an interview with Robert Kirkman, in the comic world he created, zombie films, books, and shows do not exist. So none of the characters have ever heard the word “zombie” before.
The director tells the walker actors to act like they are “walking out of a bar at 2 in the morning.”
The show is full of nods to one of AMC’s other megahits, Breaking Bad. Daryl finds a bag of drugs that contains blue meth at one point (Walter White’s specialty), and Glen drives a sports car very similar to Jessie Pinkman’s in an early episode (the one with the car alarm, remember?). Also, this happens:
And lastly, Andrew Lincoln’s real last name? Clutterbuck.
Bonus: Here’s Mr. Clutterbuck speaking with his native British accent, wearing women’s underwear, and generally doing British TV stuff.
Daryl Dixon is known not just for his badassery, but for his signature weapon. But just what is that weapon? A crossbow, obviously, but which one? Well, Men’s Health was kind enough to confirm this for us in an interview with Norman Reedus. As a lot of fans had already figured out, Daryl’s been rocking a Stryker Strike Zone. But only for the last few seasons.
For the first couple of seasons, prior to his bad ass hair cut and leather jacket, he was wielding the Horton Scout HD 125.
It’s available on Amazon, and at Wal-Mart for $320.84. So if you’re a superfan with a ton of cash, you could pick one up. Or if you’re a hunter that prefers crossbows, it might be worth considering. After all, according to the reviews, Daryl really likes it.
If, however you are a walker or walker sympathizer, you might think twice about purchasing it.
I wanted to share a photo I found on my friend’s Facebook. Her name is Summer, and last season she got to play a zombie on Walking Dead! They do calls for extras down here in Georgia every season, and though there are a good many zombies in the show, only a fraction of the people who go for it end up getting to do it. Here she is in a selfie she took next to herself on the screen:
You can see Michone in the middle of the group there. It’s a scene where she’s moving through the woods with a horde of zombies. She ends out taking out some frustration on them and chopping them all up. But I watched it twice…Summer does not have a death shot! It might be assumed, but it might also be possible that zombie Summer shambled away unnoticed, and is still out there!
I live in Georgia, which you probably know is where they film The Walking Dead. A lot of season 1 was in Atlanta, but subsequent seasons have taken place in more rural areas around the state. A lot of filming has been done in Griffin, GA this year, which is about 20 minutes from where I live. Traffic has become terrible in that city from all the people driving by the set, and there’s always a crowd!
As you can imagine, Norman Reedus gets a lot of attention on set. What’s great to see is how amazing he is with the fans. He’s happy to sign autographs, though he can’t honor every request simply due to time restraints. He is polite, very nice to everyone, and really seems grateful for their support. This is a guy whose last major credit prior to The Walking Dead was the sequel to an independent action movie, and he has rocketed to international megastardom, going from slightly obscure to a household name. And it hasn’t gone to his head. He knows how beloved he is, and he is grateful for the attention.
I’ll share more pics from the Griffin set as I get them.