John Carpenter Says 'The Walking Dead' is 'Milking' George Romero's Work

Legendary director John Carpenter ("Halloween," "Escape from New York") made an appearance on Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast to discuss his career in film and recent work recording music -- plus, along the way, took a jab at "The Walking Dead."

Discussing consumerism and the corporate drive to "milk" properties, Carpenter used "The Walking Dead" as an example of Hollywood taking an old franchise and rehashing it for more money.

Carpenter said on the podcast, "[‘The Walking Dead’] was a movie that George Romero made back in 1968. And they have milked that, and they are still milking it."

Of course, "The Walking Dead" is very upfront with its "Night of the Living Dead" influences, so this kind of criticism from Carpenter shouldn't come as a surprise. Greg Nicotero, who serves as executive producer producer and makeup supervisor on the series, worked on Romero's "Day of the Dead" in 1985 -- so there are some definite visual similarities. And Robert Kirkman's initial premise for his comic series, from which the TV show is based, was to create a never-ending version of classic zombie films, like "Night of the Living Dead" and other seminal Romero works.

"The Walking Dead" returns with its seventh season this fall on AMC.

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