Earlier this week, reports surfaced stating that Frank Darabont has stepped down as “The Walking Dead” showrunner. Today, AMC released an official statement regarding the series’ creative shake-up.
The network has confirmed that Glen Mazzara, a writer and executive producer on the zombie-themed drama, will step into the role of showrunner while creator Robert Kirkman will continue on in his capacity as writer and executive producer. At this point, whether or not Darabont will remain involved with the series in some other capacity is unknown.
Official Press Release
The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara, writer and executive producer, is expanding his responsibilities to assume the role of showrunner. AMC is grateful to executive producer, writer and pilot director Frank Darabont whose contributions to the success of The Walking Dead are innumerable. We continue to discuss his ongoing role with the series.
Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead graphic novels, executive producer and writer on the series, will remain in this role and will continue to steward the brand. Gale Anne Hurd will remain in her role as Executive Producer. The production continues on schedule for an October 16th premiere.