“Do there have to be zombies?”

This story is another example of how “nobody knows anything.” It highlights the apalling nature of attempted collective ‘contribution’ by meddling suits that harbour no respect or reverance for source material or original concepts.

The suggestion that is made wallows in the depths of sub-mediocrity,  unabashed in its brazen attempt to change something that they, as a collective homogenous entity – the ‘suits’, the ‘man’ – don’t understand or appreciate. They don’t care about what makes it special. They don’t care about what makes it unique. They don’t care.

It’s a sobering insight into the TV studio system and is, most probably, representative of film as well. It’s also one of the key reasons I decided to try and take the destiny of Temporary into my own hands, crafting a story that hasn’t been bastardised by agenda/quota/fucktards mixing unmitigaged business ‘ideas cum strategy’ into a creative space.

One vision, mired by a table of cooks, eager to force their own thoughts into an already formed idea.

Breathe, Steve, breathe…

Ok. Let’s take a step back…


Did You Know
: Before AMC decided to pick up Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, original showrunner Frank Darabont had attempted to shop the project – a realtively unknown commodity in the long, long ago of 2010 – to NBC.

It was recently revealed during a masterclass at the Edinburgh International TV Festival that their response was thus:

“Do there have to be zombies?”

Yeah, you read that right. Does The Walking Dead (clue in the title there, chief) have to have zombies? Furthermore, they wanted to adapt the idea, tweaking it into an entirely different show altogether: a procedural drama focusing on the protagonists solving a different “zombie crime a week.”

 

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Executives (right), hungry to massacre another original idea

 

Not only that, but come 2013, wherein the show is already a certified hit, NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt had the cahones to actually call the shows success an “anomaly”, maintaining that if many shows “did the [same] ratings in our [broadcast] world, they’d be cancelled.”

Wow.

So not only would you have changed the format entirely into something completley unrecognizable from the comic books, but years later you defiantley, blindly, stick your nose up at what the show has accomplished based off of what the show IS, which is proudly related to the original story, the source material.

It’s almost like giving fans what they wanted to see, lovingly basing it off of what they enjoyed about the story in the first place, paid off big time.

Just look at the ratings, the longevity, the hardcore fan base (even during the shows lulls), the well attended worldwide conventions, and everyday adulation.

Could it have been better?

Sure. It could have been an NBC police procedural about characters solving a different zombie related murder/killing every week.

I’m just happy that there were enough people that saw the potential in keeping The Walking Dead true to its roots. I wish more shows were as respectful to the original writers and their visions.

But what do I know?

Honestly?

Nothing. Just like everybody else.

 



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