LEWISTON — For “The Walking Dead” fans, it’s not hard to imagine the scene.
In the latter part of 2012, zombie apocalypse survivor Daryl Dixon is searching through an abandoned car somewhere in Maine when he discovers a pair of faded and yellowed newspaper pages.
Dixon’s brutal and collated Dixon sees that on March 12, 2010, the Lewiston Sun Journal reports that Oxford Aviation is going out of business. On April 19, Dixon noted, newspapers reported that a man from Wilton had been killed in a car accident and that a new market had opened in the lobster industry.
Dixon doesn’t think much of this, however, it’s a zombie apocalypse and there are butchers that need to be dealt with.
We have no idea how the scene would actually play out, but we do know this: the producers of the “Walking Dead” spinoff requested two special front pages from The Sun to be used in the series that focuses on Dixon; he is played by the popular actor Norman Reedus.
The show will be filmed largely in France, with a French service provider producing the series with AMC Studios. A spokesperson for the group did not elaborate on which scene will be used in the Sun Journal’s pages, though he did acknowledge that the scene took place in 2012 and involved an abandoned car set in Maine.
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At the Sunday Journal, the news that two of its pages could be used in one of the spinoff series caused a murmur of excitement among the staff on Wednesday.
“I’m not much of a zombie buff,” said Judith Meyer, the newspaper’s executive editor, “but I appreciate that ‘The Walking Dead’ has a huge fan base and I’d love to see The Sun make a small appearance in this spinoff. Creepy as it may be.”
Jennifer Gendron Carleton, a page writer at the newspaper, had just heard the news Wednesday afternoon.
“I’ll be researching the promos and previews of the new series tonight to see if I can see it,” he said, “and showing it on social media for sure.”
Permission to use the pages has been requested from Myriam Chukoury, head of legal clearance at Fairplay, a group that manages intellectual property. Chukoury did not specify why the production team wanted those two pages – from March 12 and from April 19, 2010 – specifically or if this scene will be in Lewiston.
Furthermore, does Reedus come to the floor to move the scene? Any cast members? Should we expect to see the undead walking down Lisbon Street?
For those answers, we have to wait until the proposed objectives, but not too long – for.“The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon” got the lead Cited in October 2022. The new show is expected to start later this year.
Local newspapers are seen in the AMC series and they’re all cool, but this isn’t the first time that Lewiston has been featured in productions big and small.
In 2004, Stephen King’s TV series “Hospital Kingdom” was set here and developed much of the Lewiston logo — although the 15-hour series was actually filmed in Vancouver.
In 2019, the popular show “Criminal Minds” set an episode in Lewiston and included actors who represented Lewiston police officers, with authentic media communications and logos.
In 2007, the History Channel aired the episode “Monster Quest” that focused on the so-called Turner Beastsan animal that was found by the side of Turner’s road. Parts of that event were filmed inside and outside of the Daily Sun, which was then in Park Street.
Clearly, something is just right about Lewiston. But his boss, Carl Sheline, thinks it’s especially cool that the Sun will be represented when the big show hits the airwaves. She was also a little creative growing up around her.
“Under an apocalyptic sky, with zombies all around,” it’s important to note that Daryl Dixon spends a moment reading his hometown newspaper, Sheline offered. “This speaks volumes about the need for local news in society. By the way, I’m looking forward to The Sun covering the multitude of undead when the time comes.”
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