‘The Walking Dead’ Spinoff Setting Revealed
The Walking Dead is coming to the West Coast!
The setting for the new spinoff series has been revealed to be Los Angeles, in keeping with The Walking Dead’s general theme of remaining metropolitan adjacent.
“Almost from the beginning of The Walking Dead (which is set in Atlanta), fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world,” said AMC President Charlie Collier back in September. This would certainly constitute an “other” part of the world, although I admit to a certain disappointment that we’re staying in the United States. Hell, we wouldn’t even have to leave the continent. I’d be all about seeing what’s going on in Canada. I mean, if they don’t shoot on location in L.A., they’re probably just going to end up using Vancouver as a stand-in anyway.
Of course, I can see the reason in keeping it stateside, between tax breaks and the possibility that general audiences won’t latch onto the series if it isn’t U.S.-based (a stupid reason, sure, but I’ve seen people shun a show for less). I could see AMC not wanting to mess with the formula that has made The Walking Dead as massively successful as it has been.
The show will be a prequel telling the story of the apocalypse’s beginnings, and the failed efforts to stop it, as told through the struggle of a divorced teacher and female guidance counselor leading a ragtag band of survivors. Not much else is known about the series, codenamed Cobalt, but we do know it will premiere in 2015, and will star Gang Related alum Cliff Curtis, Harry Potter vet Frank Dillane and Australian star Alycia Debnam Carey. The female lead has yet to be cast, but the show is apparently coming together pretty quickly.