July 27th, 2011
03:46 PM ET
Frank Darabont, best known for directing "The Shawshank Redemption," has stepped down from his position as showrunner on AMC's "The Walking Dead," according to Deadline.
Darabont directed the pilot after trying for years to get the series on the air, and has been instrumental in the production of the show ever since.
Though, Deadline reports, "talks are still ongoing about him possibly staying on in some capacity." The three-time Oscar nominee appeared at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, along with the rest of the cast and crew.
AMC did not respond to requests for comment. In the meantime, "The Walking Dead's" new season premieres on October 16.
Update, 11:28 a.m.: AMC has now put out a statement confirming that Darabont will no longer be showrunner on the series, with that role falling to writer and executive producer Glenn Mazzara, best known for “The Shield.”
“AMC is grateful to executive producer, writer and pilot director Frank Darabont whose contributions to the success of The Walking Dead are innumerable,” said the network. “We continue to discuss his ongoing role with the series.”
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