AMC’s The Walking Dead has not shut down its writers’ room as the showrunners were prepared for the coronavirus.
Over the past few weeks, it seems like you cannot go a day without coronavirus affecting the entertainment industry in a negative way. The coronavirus has caused the release dates of films to be pushed back, productions have been delayed, and has put the box office performance of several movies in jeopardy. But there is at least one show that isn’t shutting down and it seems appropriate that this show is literally about a zombie apocalypse.
During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang talked about the effects that the coronavirus was having on their show. As it turns out, AMC and The Walking Dead had already prepared to work remotely:
“We’re well set up to work remotely. I’m a tech head. We do video conferences regularly. On a normal basis, I’m very stringent about, ‘If you’re sick, don’t come into the office.’ The other day, I was on the phone and in meetings from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., all day straight. I did Skype, I did FaceTime, I did Zoom, I did remote reviewing of VFX. We are very well set up to work remotely. That’s been fine for us.”
She continued by saying that no one was going to be in the office and that everyone was going to be working through conference calls and how they deal with The Walking Dead set visits:
“Today, nobody is going to be at the office. The room will continue to run. We’re doing it by conference call and we’re doing it by video conference. Everything will continue to run, but on a remote basis.
We use Zoom. This is how we conference with Georgia when we’re in production. I like the face-to-face of it. We’ve done this for many years. Even when we’re not in a pandemic, any time anyone is sick, they just call into the room and it’s not a big deal. We’re very used to doing this.”
It’s worth noting however that The Walking Dead is currently not in production. While the writers will continue to write out their scripts it is unknown how the coronavirus will affect the show when the next season finally begins filming:
“It sounds like our room won’t shut down. Like I said, we are able to work remotely. We can keep plugging along on scripts. In terms of the production, it’s all conversations that AMC is having and it’s all being worked up behind the scenes, as I’m sure is happening everywhere else.”
What do you all make of this? Are you glad to hear that work on The Walking Dead will continue? How do you think the coronavirus will affect the show once production is scheduled to resume? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Here is the official synopsis for The Walking Dead season 10:
A few months after the end of Season 9, the collected communities are still dealing with the after effects of Alpha’s horrific display of power, reluctantly respecting the new border imposed on them, all while organizing themselves into a militia-style fighting force, preparing for a battle that may be unavoidable.
The Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Khary Payton, Cooper Andrews, Callan McAuliffe, Nadia Hilker, Eleanor Matsuura, Lauren Ridloff, Cailey Fleming, Cassady McClincy, Ryan Hurst, and Samantha Morton as Alpha.
The Walking Dead airs Sunday at 9 P.M. on AMC.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter