HOLLYWOOD- The long-awaited Walking Dead movie has been pencilled in for a June 2016 release after AMC and Frank Darabont finally managed to reach a compromise.
Darabont, who was fired from the show in 2011 will write and direct the movie but AMC have insisted he reduce the budget from a cool 120 million dollars to 60 million.
“Obviously we’ll have to make changes to the picture due to the reduction,” said Darabont:
Truth be told it’s highly likely that a couple of the more expensive scenes will have to be adapted and we’re going to be doing a lot more filming in the studio rather than on location. This is all par for the course, though. When you’ve been dealing with studios as long as I have, you get used to these kind of situations.
Darabont went on to reveal some surprising details about the direction he is taking the franchise:
In the first minute I’m going to kill every character currently in the show. I’m not going to reveal how but a lot of people are going to be sick and psychology scarred for life. After that we’ll introduce some new characters and the story will mainly take place at a prison in Ohio. We’ve got a guy called Andy Dufresne, a former banker accused of killing his wife played by Robert Downey Jr who befriends a convicted murderer called Red played by Denzel Washington. We’ve also got Nic Cage on board as Warden Norton and we’re in final negotiations with Tom Hardy to play vicious prison guard Byron Hadley. It’s an epic, inspirational tale about hope and I couldn’t be more excited to get the cameras rolling.
Asked how his characters will deal with the zombie apocalypse, Darbont slapped his head:
Zombies! F*ck! I knew I’d forgotten something.
The Walking Dead Movie is due for release in 2016