We’ve all experienced it: the pain and outrage that occurs when book-based movies and shows deviate from the original story lines. It gets our blood boiling just thinking about it.
Admittedly though, some plot changes aren’t that bad, especially if they serve to make a show more interesting. This just might just be the case for AMC’s hit show, The Walking Dead. Hey, we don’t want to know who’s going to be eaten by a zombie right from the get-go, do we?
In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, The Walking Dead‘s executive producer, Gale Anne Hurd, talks about some of the choices she’s made for the show:
How much of an obligation did you feel to the original comic book storyline?
Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comic book series, has been a partner and a fellow executive producer since the very beginning. We always wanted to follow the comic book to a certain extent, but never to the degree that fans would know exactly what was coming. So we’ve deviated from it: We’ve introduced new characters, killed off some who are still alive in the comic book, extended the life span of others. That’s a real tribute to Robert Kirkman being willing to change it up.
For more on creativity and writing, read: So What Do You Do Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer of The Walking Dead?.
— Sherry Yuan