Why Edgar Wright refused to direct an episode of Walking Dead

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Dec 14, 2012

What do you do when Frank Darabont offers you a chance to direct an episode of AMC's hit zombie series The Walking Dead? If you're Edgar Wright, you say no, of course.

Yep, you heard right. He said no.

With cult hit movies like the zombie-filled horror-comedy Shaun of the Dead (he couldn't have asked for a more perfect calling card with that one), Hot Fuzz and, most recently, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Edgar Wright has definitely making a name for himself in the geek world.

But before doing awesome movies, Wright also did some great TV—a little cult show called Spaced with his eternal buddies Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. And he almost got lured back to genre TV when he was asked to direct an episode of The Walking Dead by Frank Darabont himself.

"Frank asked me to do a Walking Dead, actually," Wright explains, "But I feel that there's some subject matter that, like, even though it'd be great—and I love that show, I actually watched four of the six episodes uninterrupted in one run, it was like zombie Pringles—I think that with something like that, with some TV shows, you wanna be in on the ground floor."

So why did Wright say no to that deliciously tempting offer? "Well, I really enjoyed the first season, and I wouldn't wanna be the guy that comes in and @!s it up."

Wouldn't it have been great to see what the Shaun of the Dead director would have made of an episode of The Walking Dead? Oh well ... maybe he'll change his mind for season two.

(via Collider)