Fall is almost here, which means the premiere of The Walking Dead isn’t far behind. The AMC series will return for its fifth season in what will undoubtedly be anotherrecord-breaking year, picking up events only moments after where we left off in the season 4 finale.
The plan for the series at the moment is to wrap after 12 seasons. However, before The Walking Dead ends AMC will first debut a spinoff series from executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. Though, calling it a spinoff isn’t entirely correct since this new series will feature all new characters in an entirely separate location. Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy) will serve as showrunner for this Walking Dead companion series, and he and Kirkman have already penned the pilot script.
That script reportedly went over really well with AMC and Entertainment Weekly can now confirm the pilot has been greenlit. The currently untitled project will begin production later in the year. AMC President Charlie Collier had this to say about developing yet another series set in the zombie-infested world of The Walking Dead:
“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. 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.”
The Walking Dead television show has already made large departures from its comic book source material, and the chance to explore the same world with different characters in a different locale could allow for a few of those skipped story elements from the comics to resurface. Yet, the opportunity to create something entirely fresh within The Walking Dead‘s universe could prove equally compelling.
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