Almost a year ago, we heard that AMC was planning a spin-off companion series to their smash hit “The Walking Dead.” Things have been quiet on the development front since then, and with all the hype surrounding the “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” lately, I actually forgot all about this spin-off. But today AMC has announced that they’ve officially given the pilot a green light, so it looks like this might happen after all.
It should be noted that they didn’t give the show a straight-to-series commitment like they did with “The Walking Dead” and “Better Call Saul,” which means that the network still has the ability to turn down the show if they don’t like what they see when the pilot is completed. But all of the language from everyone involved is positive, and with “The Walking Dead” being such a giant hit, it seems like this is a sure thing as long as nothing disastrous happens along the way.
In our initial report from last year, all we knew about the show was that it was a spin-off that would be executive produced by “Walking Dead” EPs Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman, and David Alpert. But now we know that the show was actually co-created by Dave Erickson (“Marco Polo”); he co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman and will serve as this new show’s EP and showrunner. Here’s what Kirkman had to say about the prospect of exploring more of the “Walking Dead” universe:
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.
Not being beholden to events that took place in the comics should give this new show a lot of creative freedom, and we’re looking forward to seeing how it stacks up against “The Walking Dead” if AMC does indeed decide to pick it up to series next year.
The pilot is scheduled to start filming at the end of this year, and “The Walking Dead” returns to AMC on October 12th, 2014. What do you think about the idea of a spin-off show?
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