In a new behind-the-scenes featurette, executive producer Greg Nicotero explores the making of Universal Studios Hollywood’s “The Walking Dead” attraction. Alongside creative director John Murdy, Nicotero explains the process of creating walkers and authentic experience for fans.
“After six years of working on ‘The Walking Dead,’ we have a great opportunity to take ‘The Walking Dead’ out of the studio, off the soundstage and into an attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood where guests can come face-to-face with walkers,” Greg Nicotero said in a statement.
“It’s very exciting to be able to make the attraction as 100 percent authentic as possible,” he added. “We’re getting the chance to utilize molds that were created specifically for the show and translate them into parts of the attraction. We’re creating animatronic walkers that guests will be able to see… It’s never been done before. It’s one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art.”
The immersive, haunted house-style attraction will incorporate aspects of both the hit AMC television series and the Image Comics title that spawned the show.
Announced on “The Talking Dead,” host Chris Hardwick described the attraction as “most intense, realistic ‘Walking Dead’ experience ever.” As seen in the video, “Walking Dead” showrunner and special effects head Greg Nicotero is involved in developing the attraction, which will feature a combination of animatronic zombie and live performaers.
Unlike the pop-up “Walking Dead” zombie run events, the Universal Studios attraction will be a permanent, year-round aspect of the park.
Universal Studios Hollywood’s “The Walking Dead” attraction opens on July 4.
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