By Mandi Bierly
July 20, 2010 at 09:45 PM EDT

Movie directors speaking passionately about their TV project gets me every time. See: Martin Scorsese waxing on about HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, and now Frank Darabont discussing AMC’s The Walking Dead, based on the comic book by Robert Kirkman. MTV News visited the Atlanta set last month, and Darabont said he was sticking closely to Kirkman’s tome, about a group of survivors after a zombie apocalypse, but has given himself permission to find the “interesting detours.” “I’d like to do 20 years of zombie TV,” he said. “Every day I’m at the monitors and I’m going ‘This is really, really cool.'” Watching the video from the set visit below, we’d have to agree. Kirkman also describes his happiness with their collaboration, makeup effects artist Greg Nicotero details the tall, gaunt look he’s going for, and a woman in a purple blazer performs a classic zombie walk (at 1:54). See the video embedded below!

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