[Movies] Sons of Anarchy Creator Slams Creator Of The Walking Dead Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.03.2013
Which show do you prefer?
Kurt Sutter, creator of Sons of Anarchy has slammed AMC, The Walking Dead and its creator, Robert Kirkman. This was after Kirkman complained that Sutter was "ranting about things he knows nothing about."
Sutter posted a 12-minute video in which he ranted about Glen Mazzara leaving the series as showrunner, after he took over for Frank Darabont.
He said: "The process of showrunning and vision is not something everyone can do. You have to have somebody who understands the process of making a television show week after week. Robert is an amazing visual artist and a graphic artist, [but] he knows very little about TV. And the reins keep going back to him in this process, and he doesn't know how to run a show."
He added that comic books and TV are very different mediums, "and consequently those visions keep colliding. And as a result people like Darabont, people like Glen Mazzara, keep going away." He said that showrunning is "a specific skill that comes innately -- it's part of the talent, it's part of the creative process." He added that AMC's "fear-based" decision is "death to the creative process."
He also gave a prediction for the future of The Walking Dead. He said: "The show has tremendous following -- has legs. They're going to plug somebody else, some pour soul, in there ... my sense is they won't even hire a showrunner. They'll throw a s***load of executives at it and [elevate] a poor sap on the writing staff ... And that poor sap will ultimately be just expediting the notes and the vision of non-creative people, or at least non-creative TV people. That'll work for a minute. In Season 4, when this will all happen, the numbers will be big, and people will show up. Will it continue to do well? No. My sense is that without somebody like a Glen Mazzara running that show, eventually it will lose focus and the narratives will run out of steam, and it won't be able to build off of itself, and it will suffer. I have tremendous amount of respect for Gale Anne Hurd. She's very writer friendly, very supportive of artists ... my sense is that she's caught between a rock and a hard place. And she's trying to continue to put out the best show she can under those circumstances. I think people will keep shooting themselves in the foot out of fear and out of ignorance."
He said that the issue with The Walking Dead is "none of my business at all," but his message is in support of my fellow showrunners, my fellow artists -- and hopefully as a little bit of a wakeup call to AMC. Not that they give a f*** what d*****bag like me says. They probably don't give a f***. That's the deal. Happy f***ing New Year."