Attention all zombie fanatics! It looks like another AMC favorite is about to get its own spin-off. The network just announced this morning that it is in the early stages of developing a 'Walking Dead' “companion series" — which is just another fancy way of saying a spin-off — that's scheduled to launch sometime in 2015. Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are on board as executive producers, with AMC Studios set to produce.
“Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager. “We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”
“After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of 'The Walking Dead' universe,” added Kirkman, who's responsible for creating the comic upon which the series is based. “The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”
This news comes on the heels of AMC's announcement of a 'Breaking Bad' spin-off following Saul Goodman.
Season 3 of 'The Walking Dead' out-delivered everything on television and ranked as the top program on television among adults 18-49. So there's no doubting the show's immense popularity, but will it make for a good spin-off or — much like zombies themselves — be dead on its feet? Sound off on your thoughts in the comments below!
The show will kick off its fourth season on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c on AMC.