AMC Orders ‘The Walking Dead’ Spinoff Series Pilot

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While coming short of the straight-to-series pickup it bestowed upon The Walking Dead and the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, AMC gave an indication that the project is intended to go to series, describing the order as a “pilot episode.” Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert from The Walking Dead are also executive producers of the new show which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson (Marco Polo), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, will serve as an executive producer and showrunner.

“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,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. “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.”

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We've been hearing about a possible Walking Dead spinoff show for a while now.  Nice to see AMC officially pulling the trigger on a pilot order.  I think this is good for a couple reasons.  One, while I like following Rick and his group, there's a whole world out there that we don't see.  It would be nice to see what's happening in another part of this world.  Two, it offers the freedom to escape the comic books.  Too many times I think folks focus so much on the show taking liberties from the books that people can't just sit back, shut up and enjoy.  With a spin-off series, it's original and has a lot more freedom to do things.  I welcome this.

 

 

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    Mercedes Diane Griffin Forbes 7 September, 2014 at 17:08 Reply

    I too am very excited about this news and I think your assessment is spot on. Having the leisure to escape the comics will give fans an opportunity to set aside their preconceived notions about how the story should be told and just enjoy it. This is also great because it will untie the writer’s hands give them an opportunity to paint their own picture of what the zombie apocalypse would look like and how people would survive in it. This is very exciting news!

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