Get your survival kits ready and start scrounging for food — The Walking Dead’s TV universe is officially getting bigger.
In a move that surprises absolutely no one, AMC has officially placed a pilot order for that Walking Dead spinoff series that has been in development since last year. Nothing is known about the plot other than the fact that it won’t be set in Georgia like the main series, and that hasn’t really changed.
But AMC President Charlie Collier did offer a few tantalizing hints about the project, noting that one goal of the pilot is to offer fans a look at what’s happening in other parts of the world:
“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 creator Robert Kirkman, along with producers Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert, are all contributing behind the scenes to bring the spinoff series to life. The network has also hired Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy) to serve as showrunner. Ericsson and Kirkman teamed up to write the pilot script, which Entertainment Weekly notes “really impressed” the AMC higher-ups.
As for Kirkman, he’s made the act of being cryptic an absolute art over the past few years, and dropped this shadowy comment about the status of development for the pilot:
“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. I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new universe of The Walking Dead, and I’m happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them.”
The new season of The Walking Dead is set to premiere Oct. 12, and the spinoff will likely arrive at some point next year, assuming AMC picks it up. Considering the network practically prints money with the zombie franchise, we think it’s a safe bet we’ll see a lot more from this mystery project next year.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)