AMC To Develop a ‘Walking Dead’ Spin-off for 2015
The Walking Dead continues to have some life to it.
Cable network AMC announced on Monday that in 2015 they will be launching a “companion series” to their wildly popular zombie drama, The Walking Dead. Details are scarce, but creator Robert Kirkman will serve as an executive producer along with Walking Dead executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert.
“Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” said AMC prez Charlie Collier in a statement. “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.”
Added Kirkman: “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. 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.”
AMC needs some new hits: the cable network is losing its critically acclaimed show Breaking Bad when the series ends in two weeks, and Mad Men is set to conclude at the end of next season. Between this announcement and the recent confirmation that they are going to move forward on a Breaking Bad spin-off based on the Saul Goodman character, it appears the network is increasingly looking to their most popular shows to keep them afloat.
Presumably, The Walking Dead spin-off will not, unlike the tentatively titled “Better Call Saul,” be a comedy.
The Walking Dead returns for a fourth season on Sunday, October 13 on AMC.