July 27, 2011 03:32:12 GMT
Sources say the creator, executive producer and director of the AMC hit zombie series has stepped down as showrunner.
"The Walking Dead" may have to learn to survive without Frank Darabont. Just days after he took the stage of the show's panel at Comic-Con, it is reported that he has stepped down as the showrunner of the zombie apocalypse TV series.
Sources have confirmed the news which was first brought into attention by Deadline. It is not clear, however, whether the former feature film director will stay on the AMC show in another capacity.
When attending the Comic-Con on Friday, July 22, Darabont opened up about "writing 16 hours a day" for "Walking Dead". "There are days I wish there were a zombie apocalypse because then I could stop working," he said backstage.
"It's grueling to do what we do, period, the sheer hours and lack of weekends. Normal people get to work a nine-hour day and that's when we're just getting started," he went on sharing. Still, he gave no indication that he would give up his position as showrunner.
"The Walking Dead" itself will kick off its second season airing on Sunday, October 16 at 9/8c.