We know that our survivors from The Walking Dead will get out of that Terminus train car somehow (and pretty quickly at that) but we have no idea exactly how they plan to escape and what will be waiting for them on the other side of that door once they’re free, but one thing we know for sure is that whatever happens, the Season 5 opener will most definitely not be a snooze fest.
Some roads, cart paths closed in SE PTC through Wed.
Zombie alert for southeastern Peachtree City: Camera crews will be filming scenes for the mega-hit cable TV series “The Walking Dead,” resulting in some closed roads and cart paths near Starr’s Mill High School through Wednesday of this week.
The movie-making will slow and sometimes stop traffic in the southeastern corner of Peachtree City, according to the Peachtree City Police Department.
The areas affected include Redwine Road at Robinson Road, Summer Place and Foreston Place, police said in a traffic alert emailed Sunday afternoon.
“A movie production will be closing streets frequently on Monday, Aug. 25, Tuesday, Aug. 26, and Wednesday, Aug. 27,” police said. “Avoid travel in the area if possible.”
Redwine and Robinson roads are heavily traveled connector roads, while the other two are within residential subdivisions.
In a letter sent to residents of Foreston Place Aug. 20, Stalwart Films location manager Michael Riley said the production company is closing the entrance to the subdivision at Redwine Road to both vehicular and golf cart traffic Monday through Wednesday.
“We understand that the golf cart path closure may be an inconvenience, but we have determined that it is essential in order to achieve a maximum level of safety for the crew and the public,” Riley wrote.
The Walking Dead Season 5 Premiere: “One of the Biggest Stunt-Heavy Episodes Ever Filmed” #TheWalkingDead #TWDUpdate
AMC caught up with TWD’s new stunt coordinator, Monty Simons, and he opened up about what it was like joining the show five seasons in and what we can expect to see come October 12. “I jumped in feet first on the premiere. It’s probably one of the biggest stunt-heavy episodes ever filmed,” he dished. “I didn’t have a whole lot of time to sit around and think about how to properly get into gear. We had to hit this gear immediately.”
Monty may not have had much time to get used to the fast pace of TWD, but we have faith that he’s doing a great job so far and can’t wait to see all the amazing stunts he’s teased for Season 5, Episode 1. Like we said, we’re expecting a Terminus train car breakout, so our expectations are high!
And while stunts can be dangerous, especially on a show like TWD in the Georgia heat, Monty went on to say that he actually has a hard time convincing this dedicated cast not to do their own stunts.
Who does Monty have the hardest time convincing to use a stunt double? That’d be none other than Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes)! “To an extent, we want them to do their own stunts and the audience wants to see their favorite character’s face in the middle of a big, dangerous action scene, but it’s my responsibility to not let them get hurt and have our whole show shut down,” Monty explains. “So, there comes a point where I look each actor in the eye and say, ‘Nope. You’re done in this scene,’ and then I bring in the ugly stunt double to take the beating.”
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The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres on October 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
The Walking Dead spinoff–it’s not technically a spinoff, but it’s being referred to that way–is getting closer, with the script slated to be delivered soon.
Executive producer Gale Ann Hurd said recently that the script from Robert Kirkman and new writer Dave Erickson is expected to be delivered at “any moment.”
AMC announced the companion series in September 2013 and it’s expected to premiere in 2015, most likely starting after The Walking Dead season 5 is over.
Plot details are scarce but Hurd told Zap2It that it’s “not the same city, it’s not the same cast.”
She said that none of the characters will be from the comics, a huge departure from the main television series.
She also said that there’s chance the companion series might not follow the ensemble format The Walking Dead does. “Given that the world lends itself to having multiple characters, I don’t know that it’s going to be as large an ensemble,” Hurd said. “I’m sure that we’ll be following more than one [character].”
Kirkman recently told Cinema Blend that he’s hard at work on the companion series.
“I’m doing something with it almost every day,” he said. “It’s taking a while, but it’s not taking longer than anticipated.”
While the spinoff will not feature any of the familiar characters, showrunner Scott Gimple has said that he can’t promise a crossover but said that it would be “awesome” to see.
It’s unclear even where the spinoff will take place, but it will likely be in another part of the United States from the regular show, so a crossover is unlikely. It has been confirmed that the show will not be set in Georgia.
“It’s going to be set in this world, but it is a new cast and a new setting, and it’s going to be very different. It’s just exciting to be able to start over again and try to do cool stuff,” Kirkman previously told IGN.
“The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing,” he said in the original announcement.
We know how Rick Grimes & Co. ended up at Terminus, but the man who plays their captor, Gareth, had a much different route. Andrew J. West—who appeared briefly in ”The Walking Dead” season 4 finale as the leader of Terminus —was due back in Atlanta in April for season 5 filming of the zombie drama. Instead of flying in from his home base of Los Angeles, however, he decided to drive across the country with his girlfriend (and former ”Greek” co-star) Amber Stevens. Not only that, but he documented the five day road trip—with pit stops in El Paso, Austin, and New Orleans—for EW. ”I love road trips,” says West. ”I try to take them whenever I can and this just seemed like a great opportunity for Amber and I to do one together.” Awwwww…. See, that Gareth is not such a bad guy after all. Our journey begins with Amber and Andrew leaving L.A. at 6:36 a.m….
Q: How do you prepare yourself for another season of The Walking Dead? Does it get easier or harder for every new season?
A: I would say that it has become a 52 week a year job for us. Sometimes we prepare the new season before the previous season is over. As we’re traveling, we have to prepare new locations. Zombies do not provide lawn services or leaf blowers — and the goal is to have our world look as if the world has been shut down for a couple of years — so in a way, we’re making a period film. We have to keep that world fresh for our audience. In order to do that, we have to be planning ahead.
Q: What is your favorite aspect of the production?
A: Change. That’s all it is. Nothing ever stays the same very long on The Walking Dead. You have to constantly adapt.
Q: You’ve worked on other horror productions like Jeepers Creepers I and II. Are you a big horror buff?
A: I’m a romantic comedy guy. I’m a lightweight, but the process of working on a genre film is a lot of fun. It’s given me a real appreciation for horror films and an understanding the genre. Some of the classic horror films growing up like Psycho and Poltergeist really scared me. I was the kid who would hide behind the seat during scary movies.
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