‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Greg Nicotero Wants You to Die Laughing With His New Series
The Walking Dead showrunner and makeup guru Greg Nicotero has a new horror show, Shock Theatre, in the works.
Greg reveals his plans for the series and explains how Buffy the Vampire Slayer helped him get the gig.
But Walker Stalkers were simultaneously blessed with the news of Greg’s latest project.
Now we have some solid details on the upcoming horror series.
Shock Theatre will be an anthology show, but not in the American Horror Story style.
“We’re writing now, and it’s an anthology so every episode will have a different story and a different cast and a different vibe and a different feel,” he tells Entertainment Weekly.
“So I think that that allows us a tremendous amount of freedom and a tremendous opportunity to do a lot of different things.”
Greg wants the series to have a very nostalgic vibe.
“Shock Theatre is my homage to ‘50s horror movies. I’ve always loved that genre, the idea that people would take things that they were terrified of in society at that time and turn them into some sort of fantastic outrageous sci-fi monster movie.”
Greg professes his love for the origins of the horror movie social commentary movement.
“Back then it was the Cold War, it was going to outer space, it was radiation. Everything that people were afraid of, they’re like, ‘Well, listen, if this is something we’re afraid of, we’re going to figure out a way to deal with it psychologically, so we’re going to do a little movie about it and try to clear our conscience, so to speak.’”
Could Greg’s series touch on topical issues in a similar way?
Turns out, yes. Absolutely.
“I always loved that. I thought that there was something so fun about it. And that’s what Shock Theatre is. Shock Theatre is taking relevant themes today and putting that kind of fun Shaun of the Dead twist on them.”
The showrunner hopes his series captures the fright and fun of the popular zom-com.
“I think Shaun of the Dead is probably the closest in tone that I can ever think about for Shock Theatre because it was funny and thrilling, and you love the characters, and it was scary, and had great moments in it, and was all-around completely entertaining. That’s the goal.”
And yes, that does mean Greg wants to elicit loads of laughs along with the screams.
“I want the characters to be real and I want them to be funny and I want them to be relatable,” he says.
“And a lot of horror movies, you know, it’s not quite the same emotion than if you start with something where you have characters that have some humor to them because it’s always a great balance between the humor and the horror, and that’s something that we’re looking forward to doing.”
Sounds like Greg is perfect for the job… which is exactly what the producer of another famous horror comedy show thought, too.
“Gail Berman, who produced Buffy the Vampire Slayer, came to me with this project and she’s like ‘Listen, dude, I don’t know anybody else that I would want to talk to you about this but you.’”
We think she made the right call.
The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, October 22 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.