March 15, 2013
An Apocalyptic Chat with Gale Anne Hurd of 'The Walking Dead'
By Michael Grebb
Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer,
“The Walking Dead” and Paley Center
for Media pres & CEO, Pat Mitchell
Gale Anne Hurd, one of the top producers in Hollywood and the ex-wife of AAA-list director James Cameron, knows a thing or two about apocalyptic scenarios. With producing credits on three of the “Terminator” movies and “Armageddon,” not to mention the volcanoes-will-kill-us-all thriller “Dante’s Peak,” she’s now lending her talents to AMC mega-hit “The Walking Dead.” We caught up with her recently to get her quick take on why people just seem to love the end of the world.
CableFAX: So you’re basically the Apocalypse expert at this point, right?
GAH: That’s right.
CableFAX: What is it about apocalyptic scenarios that so intrigues people?
GAH: What you can do in an apocalyptic setting is take ordinary people and put them in not only extraordinary circumstances, but the highest life or death circumstances. And I think that’s what works about “The Walking Dead.” Not all apocalyptic stories put everyone in that kind of jeopardy.
CableFAX: What about after the thrill of the apocalypse is gone? Where do you take the show creatively at that point?
Well, the good news is that we have a hundred and some odd issues of the comic to follow—not to do panel-for-panel representations but to be inspired by it. So there are many, many twisted and shocking stories that we’re going to be telling.
ED NOTE: The cast and producers also offered up some tips on how to brave an apocalypse. How would YOU fend off zombies in an end-of-the-world scenario?