'The Walking Dead' Is Getting Another Spin-Off Show
AMC has confirmed that fans can look forward yet another layer added to the zombie-plagued universe.
Much like The Walking Dead's inhabitants, AMC seems unwilling to let the franchise die a quiet death, after it was announced that the series would be getting another spin-off show.
Set to debut in 2020, the as-yet-untitled television series will be run by chief content officer and TWD show creator Scott M. Gimple as well as TWD writer/producer Matt Negretecott, who will serve as showrunner.
According to the network, the series “will feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.”
"We're thrilled that the Dead will keep walking into a new corner of the post-apocalyptic world, a corner that will present stories and characters unlike any that The Walking Dead has dramatised thus far, and that is bound to excite one of the most passionate fanbases in television," said David Madden, president of programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios.
TWD's show creator Scott Gimple added, “Showing audiences an unseen pocket of The Walking Dead universe steeped in a new mythology is a very cool way to celebrate a ‘Decade of the Dead’ on TV and over 15 years of Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic."
Negrete added, “I’m beyond excited to be a part of this new show set in The Walking Dead Universe.”
“Writing and producing for the original series has been the job of a lifetime and I’m honoured to be working with Scott and all the fine Dead folks at AMC in this new capacity. I can’t wait for the fans of the franchise to see what we’ve been cooking up!” he continued.
It adds to the already-robust TWD universe, which began as The Walking Dead comic book series created by Robert Kirkman, which lead to the hugely popular main television series of the same name which debuted in 2010. While the show became the top-rated cable series, recent seasons have seen ratings drop significantly as the show diverged from its original source material and saw the exit of a number of key characters.
The show's first spinoff, Fear The Walking Dead, was later created and will soon debut its fifth season, and AMC has also revealed plans to create a series of films that will star Andrew Lincoln, who left the flagship show in 2018.