It's great to see that AMC is really getting behind The Walking Dead. Frank Darabont's adaptation of Robert Kirkman's graphic novel about life after the zombie apocalypse is a big deal to horror fans, but mainstream networks and cable channels rarely promote their horror programming -- when they actually get around to even greenlighting it in the first place.

AMC has been different, though. They released a cool behind-the-scenes feature that included interviews with Darabont and producer Gale Anne Hurd a week ago, and they've revealed photos of some of the zombies fans will see when the show debuts later this year.

This week, they're back with a brand new online interview with Darabont, where the writer-director-producer sheds more light on what his vision for the series is.

When asked what attracts him to zombies in the first place, Darabont once again cites Romero's Night of the Living Dead. He then adds, "for our zombie show I'm calling that the Book of Genesis, and whenever there's a question about zombie behavior I go back to Night of the Living Dead." This is good news for zombie fans. Romero's vision is classic for a reason.

Jump past the break to hear Darabont talk about how he feels about running zombies...
Darabont goes on to discuss the whole "running zombies" issue that divides genre fans like politics. Once again, he cites Romero. "There are the folks who just can't stand seeing zombies running. I'm kind of in that camp, but if you look at the very first zombie in Night - the one in the cemetery chasing Barbara, he gets up to a pretty good jog. I'm keying our zombie behavior off of that film: Whether they're in a very languid state or they're on the attack, they'll move no faster than that first zombie in Night of the Living Dead."

The rest of the interview finds Darabont commenting on the comic book that inspired the project, what it's like shooting in Atlanta, and how he feels about working with series stars Jon Bernthal and Andrew Lincoln amongst other things. Be sure to swing by and check out the full article.

The Walking Dead is set to debut later this year on AMC. We'll be bringing you more on the series as it gets closer to its debut.
categories Movies, Horror