Frank Darabont Says AMC Broke His HeartBy: Amanda Crum - November 21, 2013
Since the debut of “The Walking Dead”, fans have tuned in with fervor, quickly making it one of the most successful and popular shows on television. The special effects coupled with storylines that grab at the heart have created die-hard fans…but you won’t count former showrunner Frank Darabont among them.
Darabont, who helped launch the show in 2010, was fired the following year amid talk of budget cuts and left with a lot of bad blood between himself and AMC. Now, he says, he can’t even watch the show.
“No more than I would go to the wedding of somebody who broke my heart and left me for the Pilates instructor. One does become very emotionally attached to the things that one does. I get tremendously invested. Why would I do that? Absolutely not, I won’t,” he said. “There’s a deep commitment and emotional investment that happens when you create something that is very near and dear to you, and when that is torn asunder by sociopaths who don’t give a s— about your feelings or the feelings of your cast and crew because they have their own reasons to screw everybody, that doesn’t feel good.”
Now, the “Shawshank Redemption” director is working on “Mob City” for TNT and says he’s happy where he is. The series debuts on December 4 and will star former Walking Dead actors Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn.
“[TNT chief] Michael Wright has a tremendous reputation for running a filmmaker-friendly ship and did a lot to set my mind at ease. He made it known it would be a friendly and more supportive place,” Darabont said.
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