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Five Words That Should Make You Terrified of the New "Walking Dead" Showrunner: "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance"

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 14, 2013 | Comments ()


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Scott Gimple has been promoted to showrunner of "The Walking Dead," replacing the recently departing Glen Mazzara, who insiders believe was likely forced out by Robert Kirkman (the man behind the graphic novels). We don't know a lot about Scott Gimple except that he's been a writer on the show since the beginning of season two, had been elevated to supervising producer, and that he wrote "Hounded" (a solid transitional episode), and the penultimate episode of season three (due to air in March).

We also know that he worked on "Flash Forward" (guh), and Damien Lewis' "Life" (awesome), but he also wrote the script for the fortchoming Starz series, "Da Vinci's Demons," the action-adventure series featuring a sex-obsessed Leonardo Da Vinci. More detrimental, however, is the fact that he also wrote the screenplay for Ghost Rider: Spirt of Vengeance, which -- along with the Starz show -- demonstrates that Gimple may have a penchant for empty, nutbar action. Certainly, the faster pace of the series under Mazarra has been great for "The Walking Dead," but I hope that Gimple doesn't prove to be the complete opposite of Darabount: We do like some substance in our zombie-killing dramas.

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(Source: Deadline)



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  • space_oddity

    pet comic book nerd peeve: when people refer to the walking dead as based on a series of 'graphic novels.' THEY'RE FUCKING COMIC BOOKS. maybe, the collected trade editions are how most people consume it, but they start out as single issue monthlies. there is a fucking difference

  • bleujayone

    ...And after next season AMC will down the ante yet again and replace the showrunner with someone who once directed a Halloween-themed television ad for Wal-Mart.

  • BobbFrapples

    But things were going so well...

  • Yes. We should totally judge this guy based on one movie that bares his name. Because exactly what a screenwriter writes is what the audience sees. How about actually looking back at the episodes of Walking Dead he wrote? He's been there since Season Two.

  • Knowing absolutely nothing about this guy beyond this article I wouldn't be surprised if he's got a bunch of unproduced works lying around that scratch all of the itches we all continuously wish that a Hollywood movie or a TV show would address, but the only work that they'll actually pay him for is Ghost Rider 2 (which he probably wrote a fucking GREAT draft of before getting studio notes from some jackass who doesn't even know how to write a Thank You note much less a script). Then we look at his imdb and go "This guy sucks".

  • emmelemm

    Well, you're just a cock-eyed optimist, aren't you? I'm joining your camp for now.

  • GDI

    So how is this a change at all?

    Under Darabont, the series could have flourished into something fantastic. As it stands, TDW only really has it's novelty factor. Once the rose-tinted glasses come off, the shows apparent and abundant flaws will overshadow all it's minimally favorable qualities (namely, Daryl).

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    If we don't get a Nic Cage cameo I'm going to have to cut a bitch.

  • Zombie Nic Cage! "I'm a zombie! I'm a zombie! I'm a zombie!!"
    I'd watch the sh!t out of that.

  • FrayedMachine

    Wh-wh-wh-why? Why would they do this? What have we done to deserve this?!

  • RudeMorgue

    That animated GIF is giving me motion sickness.

  • Jerce

    action-adventure series featuring a sex-obsessed Leonardo Da Vinci

    *cries*

  • bleujayone

    Will he be teaming up with the previously mentioned action-hero version of Sir Issac Newton as directed by Rob Cohen?

  • Ted Zancha

    Well shit...

    Just when it was starting to get amazing again.

    At least it sounds like he may be able to keep the racism and sexism alive on the show.

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