AMC announces ‘The Walking Dead’ spinoff
After three seasons of strong ratings and pop culture penetration, AMC announced plans today to spinoff a second, companion series to The Walking Dead. Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are signed on as executive producers.
“After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe,” Kirkman said. “The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”
“Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults … is literally a no-brainer,” AMC president and general manager Charlie Collier said. “We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”
AMC also recently entered into a licensing agreement with Sony for a spinoff of Breaking Bad, entitled Better Call Saul, based on the Saul Goodman character played by Bob Odenkirk.
Based on the comic book series created and written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics imprint Skybound Entertainment, the fourth season of The Walking Dead begins Oct. 13. According to the press release, The Walking Dead is “currently the [number one] show on television among adults 18-49”.