HOLLYWOOD – The Zombie Apocalypse is almost upon us but this time in a television war of Zombie dramas, with HBO going head to head with the AMC show The Walking Dead, an producing a Danny Boyle created rival entitled The Running Dead.
A HBO exec spoke to Studio Exec on strict conditions of anonymity:
This show is not just a great big f*ck you to AMC [said Michael Lumbardo], it’s also going to be an exciting piece of boundary pushing television. But it is going to be a big f*ck you to AMC as well.
Danny Boyle said he was delighted at the opportunity to go back into the zombie world he’d created with 28 Days Later.
Me and Alex [Garland] made a breakthrough by making the zombies… well, less zombie-ish. The Walking Dead is okay, but the zombies are slow and people have to trip up or find themselves in an enclosed space. I’ve been talking to two sponsors – Nike and Red Bull – and we’re going to use that product placement as inspiration.
Mr. Boyle was cagey about the details and nothing seems to have been decided in terms of casting though Ewan MacGregor has been rumored for the lead role. However Boyle reacted with a guffaw at the idea of re-teaming with the Shallow Grave and Trainspotting star.
‘We could cast Ewan’s post-me career as one of the undead,’ he chortled cruelly but truly.
The Running Dead is due to air in the Fall of 2018.
HOLLYWOOD – The Walking Dead is still going, it was revealed today.
The internet was in shock today as it was revealed that the AMC show The Walking Dead was still on. Despite no one really caring about it, the show like the zombies it portrays continues to lurch through the schedules.
An insider close to the show said:
It’s amazing. We’ve been doing the show for I think seven seasons, but I’m not sure. There’s even another show called Fear the Walking Dead. Yet, we’ve never actually met anyone who likes the show. Even fans of the show don’t like it anymore.
Many predicted the demise of the show after Andrew Lincoln, who plays Sheriff Rick Grimes, was eaten by fans. Norman Reedus told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY that the setback wouldn’t slow the show down:
It was sad about Andrew but that just shows the passion of the fans for the show. And the writers are amazing. Whenever it looks like we’re flagging they just have someone get their head caved in with a baseball bat. Sometimes two! Now that’s smart.
Meanwhile rumor has it that a Walking Dead movie is in the works
The Walking Dead Season 7 we think continues.
HOLLYWOOD – AMC have bowed to fan pressure and released a picture that reveals who Negan killed at the conclusion of the Season 6 finale of popular zombie romp The Walking Dead.
The Season Finale of Season 6 of The Walking Dead was a classical example of asking more questions than it answered, but the TV studio AMC have finally relented and released a picture that reveals who was killed by Negan in the final moments of Season 6. The photograph officially comes from a flashback in the first episode of Season 7 but confirms the story first published in the Studio Exec (see here) and flatly denied by the ignorant, the ill-informed and those with yeast infections. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan, told the Studio Exec:
It’s crazy. I was thinking I was going to have to keep this secret for months over the summer but I’m relieved to say now that it is out and I can share the joy and wonder of this ground-breaking crossover. I’ve been reading the first scripts for Season 7 and all I can say is there be dragons!
The new revelation was greeted with both shock and relief as fans struggling with competing Nerdidom versus a sense of jarring weirdness that The Walking Dead had done something genuinely surprising.
The White Walkering Dead will be broadcast in the Fall.
Image courtesy of @ThePixelFactor.
HOLLYWOOD – Following a controversial Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead, AMC has decided to placate the fan base and reveal who Negan killed.
Ever since the finale of Season 6 of The Walking Dead, fans have been lighting up the internet with a variety complicated theories and general complaint. Some comments have been longer than The Lord of the Rings and some theories are more complex than the General Theory of Relativity. However, following a fan petition and several negative reviews, AMC have revealed who Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, killed in the final episode of Season 6.
A source from the Studio told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:
The fact of the matter is Negan didn’t killed Rick or Glenn or Daryl. As a matter of fact, he didn’t kill an major character from the Walking Dead. That was a huge misdirection on the part of the showrunner. Instead, it was a major character from a different show.
A different show? An AMC show?
Nope. A different highly successful show from HBO.
HBO? You don’t mean…
You know nothing Studio Exec.
Negan killed Jon Snow?
You know noth…
Shut up. Just shut up! It doesn’t make any sense.
You know nothing.
The Walking Dead Season 7 will be broadcast in the Fall.
HOLLYWOOD – Season 6 of The Walking Dead seemed to come to an end with an irritating finale to what has been an irritating season all round, but bosses at AMC have revealed that the final show was not actually the finale at all.
AMC’s The Walking Dead has tortured its fans throughout a weird season 6 and the finale that introduced Negan and killed off a major character without identifying who it was, went beyond cliffhanging and became simply infuriating. However, AMC bosses have revealed that the cliffhanging ending was not in fact an ending at all.
Speaking EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec, an anonymous source at AMC called Scott Gimple revealed (some SPOILERS):
We had this one up our sleeves all along and I think fans are going to go ape shit when they find out. Although last night’s show was officially the season finale in a further twist we have actually filmed a further episode – an epilogue if you like – and we will put this out at the same time next week, but without any publicity, trailers or anything. It’ll just be a shock to one and all.
So why are you telling us?
Because you’re the Studio Exec. Who’ll believe you?
Good point. So what will the new episode resolve?
We want to set up the next season and a cliffhanger is always fun but we realized we’d gone too far this time. You can’t have people worried if Glenn is dead again, or who else it might have been that Negan killed. So in next week’s hour long episode we’ll resolve those issues, but at the same time, we might set up a few new ones for you to worry about. Plus we have a lot of footage of the RV reversing away from blocked roads which we didn’t use in the season finale and so we’d like to find a home for that.
The Walking Dead is on AMC.
WESTEROS – Following a deal between Sony and HBO, Spider-man will appear in the new season of Game of Thrones ‘because basically we want to put him everywhere’.
Marvel’s best-loved web-slinger Spider-man is to join the cast of Game of Thrones for an eagerly anticipated Season Six. Tom Holland who has taken over from Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker’s arachnid alter-ego swung into the Studio Exec bungalow to talk EXCLUSIVELY about his new role:
Hi, Tom. So what’s this about Game of Thrones?
I was so excited when I got the gig to play Spider-man. I grew up watching Tobey Maguire and reading the comic books. Hell, I grew up watching Andrew Garfield for that matter. But the fun thing about my Spider-man is that I’m going to be in a whole bunch of films, not only Spider-man ones. The next Captain America: Civil War for instance, but also Game of Thrones.
So how did you get the Game of Thrones role and who are you going to play?
I have been a huge fan of the TV series and also of the George RR Martin books. They are fantastic. I got an opportunity to talk to George and he told me that one of the characters is actually based on Spider-man, then we ended up having long conversations about how Spider-man might fit in to the Westeros Universe. Sony were dead keen because basically money. We’re in talks to appear in Fuller House and the Walking Dead too.
In this season a lot of characters are coming back from the dead. Partly because of the necromancer and also because of the White Walkers. And one character who died very recently is going to come back because he got bit by irradiated spider. Can you guess who? No, you can’t huh. You know nothing Studio Exec! Huh? A clue? Still no?
Game of Thrones Season 6 will drop in April. Image courtesy of @ThePixelFactor.
HOLLYWOOD – The sad news arrived today that Andrew Lincoln the actor who plays Rick Grimes in the popular zombie show The Walking Dead has been eaten by fans.
British born actor Andrew Lincoln was leaving an In and Out hamburger bar having just eaten a large meal when he was stopped by a group of fans to sign autographs. Lincoln laughingly obliged and even agreed to take some selfies with the, fans many of whom were children. However, what he had failed to notice was that a crowd was gathering behind him.
An eyewitness told the Studio Exec what happened next:
One of the fans who was standing beside Lincoln as he was signing these autographs just leaned in and had a nibble of one of Lincoln’s fingers. Andrew didn’t seem fazed. He just kind of said ‘ouch’ and something along the lines of ‘hey quit that’. But at that point it was like the others had scented blood and a large women with a Breaking Bad t-shirt on just chomped down on Lincoln’s neck and tore out a lump of flesh. The chords and tendons were coming out and then they were all over him. Before long just couldn’t see anything but red mist and his entrails being yanked in the air like so much fetid rope.
I know. The worst thing was the sound of him screaming. He was screaming and screaming for someone to help him but the people who came running just joined in the mayhem. ONe had hold of his head and as he pulled it off the vocal chords stretched and the screams became screeches until the chords snapped with a sickening twang.
Like a homage to Day of the Dead?
Exactly what I thought. It was Romero all over.
The makers of the show have insisted however that it will continue.
An insider at AMC told the Studio Exec:
We always knew that it was only a matter of time before Andrew got eaten by a horde of rabid fans. In fact, we take it as a testament to the show that our fans are so committed to the characters and the story. We’ll find away of incorporating Andrew’s fate into the story line and I’m happy to say that because of stringent intellectual property rights deals that we’ve made, we also own Andrew Lincoln’s eviscerated corpse.
The Walking Dead is showing on AMC.
HOLLYWOOD – After months of speculation, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has confirmed that Wesley Snipes has been cast as notorious villain Negan in the popular AMC series.
“We only had two actors in mind for the role,” said Kirkman:
There has been a lot of speculation about when Negan would be making an appearance and with social media being what it is, it was only a matter of time before Wesley was photographed on set so we thought it was better to announce the casting ourselves.
Jon Hamm was thought to be the main candidate for the role and Kirkman hinted that he would have been his preferred choice:
Obviously I’d previously stated that I wanted another actor to play Negan and I’ll be honest, that guy didn’t want to commit to another show but as soon as we knew he was unavailable, Wesley was always the next in line.
Snipes commitment to The Walking Dead could spell the end of the rumoured Demolition Man sequel and Sylvester Stallone recently took to Twitter to vent his anger.
HOLLYWOOD – Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul will feature zombies, AMC confirmed last night.
The show – which is due to broadcast early in 2015 – stars Bob Odenkirk as the eponymous lawyer Saul Goodman prior to his involvement with Jesse Pinkman and Walter White. Show creator Vince Gilligan told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:
We really wanted to differentiate it from the original show, Breaking Bad, but at the same time we know that it needs to be big. So I was watching The Walking Dead and I thought, ‘Hey! What if we had zombies in the new show?’ I came into the writer’s room the next day and when I told them my idea they were all so happy they literally fell around laughing. I went and rewrote the pilot straight away.
But how will the zombie apocalypse fit in with the rest of the plot?
At first it didn’t, but then I was talking to Damon Lindelof and it was really liberating because he just said, ‘How do you know they’re not ALL already dead, from the very beginning?’ I had never thought that you could do something like that but once I realized they could all be dead and the only thing would be a kind of dream like in Jacob’s Ladder then you don’t really have to worry about consistency or logic or anything.
But does that mean Breaking Bad…?
Yep, they’re all dead.
Shockingly good. I know.
Better Call Undead Saul will be broadcast in 2015.
EXTERIOR – NIGHT
A herd of zombies enters the camp.
We’ve got to move on.
HOLLYWOOD – AMC have confirmed that a prequel to their highly successful zombie series The Walking Dead will air on the channel in the Fall of 2016.
“We’re very excited to be opening a new chapter of The Walking Dead,” said AMC Spokesman Chip Woods.
We’ve got some of the best screenwriters in the business and Akiva Goldsman working on the scripts and judging by what they’ve already delivered. I can safely say this spin-off is going to blow peoples minds.
Tentatively titled The Walking Friends, Wood’s revealed the prequel will focus on a group of New Yorkers in their 40s who live in the same apartment building and congregate around a local coffee shop called the Perk Central.
It will be much more light-hearted and comical than the original series. Sure there is a vast audience that enjoys spending their evening watching old men getting decapitated and children being devoured but we aim to target the more squeamish market. We had a lot of options for a prequel because things were fairly normal before the virus struck but rather than take a risk, we decided on a tried and tested sitcom format.
Recent rumors have named Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Courtney Cox and David Schwimmer as potential cast members but Walking Dead fans have been expressing outrage on social media that the one obvious candidate doesn’t seem to be in the running.
I know a lot of the fans are disappointed that Norman Reedus won’t be part of the show but he’s committed to his role in the flagship series. However, I can exclusively reveal right now that Denise Richards will play one of our leading ladies, Raquel, which I’ll think you’ll agree more than compensates for Norman’s absence.
The Walking Friends is due for release later in 2016.
Barbara Broccoli has confirmed that the follow up to Skyfall with be titled The Walking Dench.
“We are interested in exploring how James would deal with the undead,” said Broccoli.
“Zombies are very popular these days and we thought now would be the perfect time for Bond to dip his slightly salty tasting wick into that genre.”
Broccoli went on to say that they went through many titles before they settled on The Walking Dench.
Oh we had a fun brain storming session and many great titles were suggested. Dead and Let Die, You Only Die Twice, The Spy who Ate Me, Eyeraker and Dr Noooooo! Eventually we settled on the Walking Dench but we haven’t really got a story yet. I just wanted to bring Judi back so I could kill her again.
Bond: The Walking Dench is due to be released in 2015