Rumored for some time, Universal Studios has confirmed that "The Walking Dead" is joining their popular Halloween Horror Nights later this year. Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will be joining forces with AMC's "The Walking Dead," letting visitors to both theme parks experience the horror of AMC's blockbuster original series in elaborately themed, haunted mazes. It marks the first time that a television series has joined Halloween Horror Nights on both coasts. The Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy Award-winning, series "The Walking Dead" is based on the comic book written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. "The Walking Dead" is the number-one drama series in basic cable history for adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. Universal Studios' Halloween creative teams are working with AMC and "The Walking Dead," to create an authentic experience that is true to the Emmy Award-winning hit series. The haunted mazes on both coasts feature eerily authentic, elaborately designed, movie-quality sets that include some of the most iconic locations and scenes from the show. Mobs of undead walkers bring to "life" the vicious, hungry, zombies from the show. "We want people to experience the same terror of the walker-filled reality our characters faced in seasons one and two - and will continue to face in our third season," said Greg Nicotero, Co-Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Artist for the series. "Our collaboration with Universal Studios' creative teams is exciting as we work to truly capture the essence of the show."
"The collaboration with Universal Studios' creative teams is a fantastic cross-promotional opportunity and a great way to capture the spirit of the series, which makes its season three debut on AMC this October," said Linda Schupack, AMC’s Executive Vice President of Marketing.
"'The Walking Dead' puts real people in incredibly horrific situations where they experience true, raw fear, and guests at Halloween Horror Nights experience the same thing," said Jim Timon, Senior Vice President of Entertainment at Universal Orlando Resort. "We can't wait to merge the two powerful concepts together."
"With 'The Walking Dead,' we want to make fans of the series feel like they are literally walking in the footsteps of the show’s characters, experiencing all of the horrific events from the series just as they experienced them," said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood. "The goal is to make guests of Halloween Horror Nights feel like they are trapped in the world of 'The Walking Dead,' using all of the attention to detail and movie-quality production values that Halloween Horror Nights has become famous for. You're no longer sitting on a couch, watching a show… you're living it!"
Universal's Halloween Horror Nights events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation's best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from film to nightmares -- and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained "scare actors."
Check out the announcement video the attraction in the player below!
If you've read the source material for The Walking Dead, then you know what happens to Lori. For those not in on the know, she and her newborn baby daughter are killed in the Gorvernor's assault on the prison complex that they're staying in. Any fan with a hint of detective skills would say they're leading up to this after the reveal in season two's finale of the prison and in the season 3 trailer where we meet the Governor and Woodbury. The one thing that doesn't confirm this is how the series doesn't 100% adapt the comic book, but actress Sarah Wayne Callies not only thinks it will happen she wants it to.
In an interview with THR about the series, she said: Frank Darabont and I actually -- before he was tragically and unfairly removed from the show -- we used to argue about it," Callies says. "I argued that it was necessary to kill Lori and I feel very strongly that for all of the other deviations we may have from the comic book, killing Lori does something to Rick that is vital for the story and can't be done any other way. I've said from the beginning, not only am I OK with Lori dying but I think she has to. I've played this character with an eye toward an end.
If she has her way, it sounds like we'll get to see that very infamous panel from The Walking Dead that left so many readers in shock and surprise.
At tonight's Saturn Awards, ShockTillYouDrop.com managed to speak with "The Walking Dead" comic creator Robert Kirkman (who was carrying around a tequila bottle with a skull on it) who told us what he's most excited for in season three.
"I can say that I'm completely in denial when I see Danai [Gurira] walk out on set and jump off the page," he says, "As badass as she is in the comics, seeing her move and seeing her kill the zombies in motion is so much more intense that you can believe. Fans of the comics are going to love it. She's great."
Executive producer David Alpert agrees.
"Michonne is on the show and she's a hot, kick-ass chick with a sword, so you've got to love her," he adds. "She's totally owning the role. And the Governor [David Morrissey] … if you're familiar with the books, we're totally going to go there this season. We're going to do some stuff that's going to shock some people who don't know the comics. We're bringing back Merle [Michael Rooker]... It's going to get pretty intense and pretty crazy. The biggest thing I have to say is that, as the storytelling picked up at the end of season two, and the speed of events happening -- well, we're increasing it. Season three is going to be non-stop, in your face, intense. This is the point in the show that I've been excited about giving the audience since season one."
Of course, the prison is going to play a major role this year.
"Normally when you think of a prison, you think it's unpleasant," Alpert continues. "It's a place you want to stay away from. It's a drain on society. You really think about it in negative terms. In this world, it represents hope. It's potential salvation -- unless you've read the books."
We asked if the characters will ever find real safety, since Kirkman has famously said that they never will in the comics.
"What's great about the show for me is that it takes mortality and makes it present," Alpert says. "You're living in the moment. I don't ever want that to go away. This year we're evolving the threat. In the beginning there were lurkers and walkers and biters. In season two there was the herd. Now we're bringing in man. Man is where we're going next."
"The Walking Dead" season three premieres on October 14 on AMC.
It should come as no surprise that a Facebook game of The Walking Dead is on it's way. This marks the third video game for The Walking Dead in so many months but this one happens to be free to play.
Developed by Eyes Wide Games, The Walking Dead social game allows players to try their hands at surviving the infection with the aid of their friends while also visiting locations from the series and meeting some of their favorite characters.
The Walking Dead Social Game blends elements of strategy and survival-horror to create a unique, tensioned-filled social gaming experience. Faced with an ever-present threat from man-eating zombies (called “walkers”), players use combat, stealth and trickery to stay alive and complete missions in their quest to survive the apocalypse.
“The audience for AMC's 'The Walking Dead’ are passionate and deeply interested in the world of the show. Our social game allows them to explore and experience the zombie apocalypse for themselves, along with their friends,” said Mac McKean, AMC’s SVP of Digital Media.
The game offers a stat system based on the characters’ attributes such as stamina, shooting accuracy, range of movement and vision. As you progress you earn points, based on your skill, which enables you to improve on these stats. This all allows for players to customize the skill-set of the squad members. No one is safe as even the player’s own Facebook friends may turn and attack as blood-thirsty walkers.
The game will be released in chapter formats with the first serving as a prequel, the players character will meet up with Shane and Lori as they try to navigate the already fallen city of Atlanta. More chapters are expected to launch soon with the fourth chapter moving concurrently with the third season of the television show, which premieres October 14th on AMC.
AMC has released the key art for The Walking Dead Season 3, debuting Sunday, October 14 at 9pm ET/PT.
In an uncertain world, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors must not only fight the dead, but also face a whole new fear: the living. A 16 episode season, the series will air in two-parts with the first eight hours kicking off October 14 and returning February 2013 with the final eight episodes. Internationally, “The Walking Dead’ will return to audiences in 120+ FOX International Channels (FIC) markets the week of October 15, as part of FIC continued commitment to broadcast the series near date-and-date globally.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, IronE Singleton, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey and Danai Gurira. The series is executive produced by Glen Mazzara, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert with Greg Nicotero as co-executive producer.
It seems like we can't turn around without seeing a brand new form of The Walking Dead in our lives, not that we're complaining. Coming this October we will see The Walking Dead: The Official Magazine see it's first publication. The magazine will be published quarterly and will feature interviews with creator Robert Kirkman, other cast and crew members from the show, along with news, short stories, and other behind-the-scenes goodies.
The magazine will hit stands October 23, but if you're attending New York Comic Con you'll be able to get it early and with an exclusive cover by artist Charlie Adlard seen here via EW. Check it out below!
We're getting close to the premiere of The Walking Dead Season 3 and if you're a fan of the comics, then you know what is coming up after that finale last spring. AMC has now posted a video featuring series creator Robert Kirkman giving us a private tour of the prison from Season 3, with all the details that you need when creating an abandoned post-apocalyptic location.
Based on the comic book series written by Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, IronE Singleton, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey and Danai Gurira. The series is executive produced by Glen Mazzara, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert with Greg Nicotero as co-executive producer.
The Walking Dead returns Sunday, October 14 at 9pm ET/PT.
Do you have your DVR set? The Walking Dead returns in just 10 days and we've got a brand new trailer for the series here (via TV Guide). In an uncertain world, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors must not only fight the dead, but also face a whole new fear: the living.
A 16 episode season, the series will air in two parts with the first eight hours kicking off on October 14 and returning February 2013 with the final eight episodes. Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead stars Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, IronE Singleton, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey and Danai Gurira. The series is executive produced by Glen Mazzara, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert with Greg Nicotero as co-executive producer.
ShockTillYouDrop.com is hitting the red carpet premiere of season 3 tonight, so stay tuned for coverage...
AMC has released a clip from the premiere of The Walking Dead season 3 which airs this Sunday, October 14th. This sneak peek comes shortly after the title sequence (which has been changed this season) and finds Rick and the other survivors trying to strategize their next plan of attack while out on the open road.
Having seen the first two episodes of this season, I have to say, the show is getting off on the right foot. And it appears the creative team is responding to the fan reaction from last year that said "nothing happened" in the first half of season 2.