Reported by Zac Platt.
Not content with last week’s news that they will be producing a spin-off to the greatest show in all of spacetime, AMC have just announced that the hugely successful The Walking Dead will also be getting the franchise treatment. The unnamed series is set for release in 2015, and will act as a companion to the main series, being set in the same universe but with a completely different set of characters.
AMC president Charlie Collier states that building on The Walking Dead’s success is a “no-brainer”, and that they “can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse”. Robert Kirkman, co-creator and writer of The Walking Dead comic for 10 years now (a massive accomplishment for a creator-owned series), will remain on board as a producer and has expressed his excitement at getting to “create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe”. He states “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.”
While the series has done its best to shake things up from Kirkman’s original story, it’s always carried the baggage of being an adaption. But with this new series they have a chance to really make the TV universe its own. With The Walking Dead being such a tight character series, much of America and the outside world is completely undefined, so really the sky’s the limit on where the spinoff could go. Personally, I’d love to see an international perspective of the apocalypse, especially if there is a discrepancy between when different nations fell.
Until then you can get your zombie fix on October 13 when season 4 of the hit series begins with new show-runner Scott M. Gimple. And if that doesn’t quite scratch the itch, you should definitely jump on board the comic next month with the first issue of the much hyped “All Out War” epic beginning in The Walking Dead #115.
Check out this behind the scenes look at season 4 of The Walking Dead:
Source: Huffington Post