One of the biggest, and best, surprises of 2010 was AMC's 'The Walking Dead.' Having wrapped the six-episode mini-season, Frank Darabont and company are currently hard at work on storylines for a larger second story arc. Series regulars Laurie Holden (Andrea) and Jon Bernthal (Shane) were part of a panel devoted to the show at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo this weekend, and Holden spilled the beans on some very interesting news.

According to Holden, horror master Stephen King is in talks to write a upcoming episode of the show. Details about what episode that might be haven't been determined, but does it even really matter? Short of getting George Romero to direct an episode, this is about the best news we can imagine.

It makes sense, given that Darabont is the show's executive producer and controller of creative content. King and the filmmaker have a long and rich history together, with Darabont having helmed some of the best adaptations of King's work to date. It was Darabont who turned the novella 'Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption' into one of the most popular films of the past two decades. After that, he went on to helm 'The Green Mile' and 'The Mist.'
For those worried that King will be tied to the comic book's already established stories and characters, fear not. While the first season of the show used the comic as a guide, Darabont allowed for a lot of improvisation as well, adding new characters and story elements to make the series something more than just an adaptation of Robert Kirkman's version. The results of that were hit and miss with hardcore fans of the original work (most liked the inclusion of Michael Rooker's redneck renegade Merle Dixon and were less than thrilled with the season-ending CDC episode), but having a writer like King on board could yield some interesting results moving forward.

We'll have to wait and see what happens as season two of 'The Walking Dead' begins production, but one thing seems certain: Darabont and King reuniting is good news for horror fans.

[via IGN]
categories Horror, Cinematical