AMC has officially announced that they have ordered the pilot episode to a new companion series for The Walking Dead. We will get to see another set of survivors of the zombies with a new story arc that may mix at times with the story of the main series. That is great news because I can use some The Walking Dead year-round. Everyone involved with the main Walking Dead series swears that they are making a compelling story and are in no way trying to “milk” the series or fanbase, great… I cannot wait to see it.
New York, NY - September 5, 2014 - AMC announced today that it has ordered a pilot episode of a companion series for "The Walking Dead." "The Walking Dead," which premiered on AMC in October, 2010, has been the #1 program on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years. Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert from "The Walking Dead" are also executive producers of the new project which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson ("Marco Polo," "Sons of Anarchy"), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, will serve as an executive producer and showrunner.
"Almost from the beginning of ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC, fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world. In fact, beyond requests for zombie cameos, it’s the question I get asked the most," said AMC President Charlie Collier. "Obviously, we all take our stewardship of the original franchise incredibly seriously and we, along with Robert, Gale, David and now Dave, are all proceeding with extreme care in order to ensure that we are offering fans something truly compelling, engaging and distinct. We’re thrilled to be taking this next step with these remarkable partners."
"There are many corners of ‘The Walking Dead’ universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill. I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new universe of ‘The Walking Dead,’ and I’m happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them," said Kirkman.
"I’ve been fortunate to have collaborated with both Robert and AMC on past projects and I’m thrilled to join them again, along with Gale and David, to build upon ‘The Walking Dead’s’ already epic narrative," said Erickson.
The pilot is scheduled for production in late 2014. No additional details are being provided about the location and/or casting for the pilot at this time.
The highly-anticipated fifth season of "The Walking Dead" returns to AMC on October 12. "The Walking Dead" is based on the comic book series created and written by Robert Kirkman and published by Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics.
"Fear the Walking Dead" (2015)
Synopsis: A Walking Dead spin-off, set in Los Angeles, following two families who must band together to survive the undead apocalypse.
Directors: Stefan Schwartz, Andrew Bernstein, Adam Davidson, Deborah Chow, Kari Skogland
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi
Producers: David Alpert, Dave Erickson, Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman, Greg Nicotero, Kenneth Requa, David Wiener, Pablo Cruz, Arturo Sampson, Bob Lewis, Christian Agypt, Kate Barnow, Brian Buckner, Luisa Gomez de Silva, Alan Page, Andrew Bernstein, Frank Hildebrand, Adam Davidson, Brett C. Leonard, Craig Forrest, Ron French, Bill Johnson, Jack LoGiudice, Marco Ramirez, Avram 'Butch' Kaplan
Musicians: Paul Haslinger
Editors: Victor Du Bois, Tad Dennis, Chris McCaleb, Marc Clark, Mike Weintraub
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