‘The Walking Dead’ writers were prepared for pandemic
The TV show is nearing the end of its 10th season!
The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang talked about the coronavirus pandemic in an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter. The outbreak has stormed the entertainment industry with an expected loss of $20 billion. Consequently, studios have canceled or postponed numerous movies and TV shows. However, the writers of The Walking Dead were, ironically, prepared for a virus outbreak.
Writing continues for The Walking Dead:
The Walking Dead team was unsurprisingly ready for a pandemic. Apparently, the writing team was prepared for work-from-home conditions. Showrunner Kang said that remote work protocols were in place for years. Moreover, the current conditions will not impact progress in the writer’s room. As Season 10 approaches its end, writers are already working on the story for Season 11. She said:
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.
Is it possible to work remotely at a studio?
The cast and crew use Skype, Zoom and even Facetime for coordination. Particularly, the team in the US uses it to communicate with the production team in Georgia. Actually, it is very common for the employees at The Walking Dead to work remotely even when they are sick. However, the show cannot go on without on-the-ground work. Angela Yang talked about the production team’s work in Georgia:
There are a handful of people, such as the line producer and the production designer, who are on set. The line producer and I are in daily contact about everything as it unfolds right now. We’re in daily contact with AMC. Luckily, everyone’s working up the plan. We don’t have a crew that’s shooting right now. In that way, we are not currently impacted.
Besides, she wants the global community to learn from The Walking Dead: ‘We don’t want to see anyone turning against each other in times like these. Hopefully, everyone can come together.’