As The Walking Dead winds down — in ratings and original cast members, at least — TV just seems a little too chipper. A little too hopeful. Thankfully, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is helping remedy that with a new series based on the five years before a meteor comes and wipes out humanity. Now that’s what we’re talking about.
According to Deadline, 5 Year, the show coming from Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment and Entertainment One will tackle a world right BEFORE everything gets turned upside-down. No zombies...yet. It’s still in the pre-apocalypse.
And it’ll truly be global. That’s because international deals are in place for Korea, the UK, Latin America, Germany, India, Russia, China, and Italy — all of which will aim to have intensely localized versions of the five-season show. “Working on 5 Year is an exceptional experience because it gives us the opportunity to see how writers and directors across the world tell different stories with the same core ingredients,” Kirkman said.
Whether these shows tell the same story or act as storylines representing their countries inside of an overall plot is a bit murky as of now, but the ambition in the storytelling is as ambitious as Kirkman launching another multi-year franchise. “We couldn’t possibly pass up the opportunity to work on a truly innovative project that blends multiple, local productions seamlessly into a story as it happens globally,” said Peter Micelli, eOne’s Chief Strategy Officer, Film & TV.
That could mean that to truly experience all of 5 Year, a viewer would at best be multilingual and at worst be willing to read a lot of subtitles. Whether a global audience will have access to every iteration of the show will likely depend on the distribution deals landed by the two production companies — and no word yet on when we begin the countdown to annihilation.