2014/01/14 21:06:19 UTC

Status Update on The Walking Dead Spinoff Series

Walking-Dead-4-logoBack in September, AMC announced that they were in the initial stages of developing a companion series to The Walking Dead. Since then, fans have been anxiously awaiting new details, but even AMC and Robert Kirkman don’t have all the answers yet. Here’s a round up of some recent quotes to let you know all that we know at this time:

Most recently, Vulture spoke with AMC network chief Charlie Collier and programming head Joel Stillerman, who revealed that they are much earlier in the development process than most people thought:

“That show is not as far along [as Better Call Saul]. Robert has some things on his plate. He continues to write every issue of the comic and hasn’t finished season four of The Walking Dead, which he is very intimately involved with and will continue to be. That’s really in the incubation stages. The one thing that I’ll share is just an anecdote that Robert shared with us. He has such a specific vision that he laid out really clearly in the first issue of the comic book. And I encourage anybody who’s interested in the show to go read the note that he wrote in the first issue of the comic. His motivation for telling that story was so clear and so powerful, and it served as such a great north star for the show. We kicked around a few ideas, but primarily what he’s working on is, what is the idea that gives [him] as clear a mandate to make another version of this show as [he] had for the first one? What is going on [now] is a more philosophical discussion over why there should be another version of the show. Once we answer that, we’ll zero in on the specific creative.”

Late last year, Robert Kirkman confirmed to IGN that it would take place in a different part of The Walking Dead world and talked about what he’s trying to build:

“…It’s going to be set in this world, but it is a new cast and a new setting, and it’s going to be very different. It’s just exciting to be able to start over again and try to do cool stuff…

… it’s a really different location with completely different people, so we are going to see an entirely different corner of the Walking Dead world. It definitely won’t be set in Georgia, I can at least say that. It’s important to us that this show exists on its own. The spinoff has to be a show worthy of existing, or else we’ve all sold out. So that’s something we’re all working hard towards doing, and I think we can pull it off. I think that the ideal situation is, when you’re watching the spinoff, you’re like, “Wow, this is a really awesome show.” The whole other show doesn’t need to exist for this show to be cool and stand on its own.”

One of the big items that fans have been speculating about is whether or not cast members from the current show would appear in the spinoff. At this time, Robert Kirkman wouldn’t confirm or rule it out:

“…that’s something we can’t really get into. It’s a little too early to be discussing those kinds of things.”

The only items that have been officially confirmed by AMC are that they are targeting a 2015 air date and that Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are on board as executive producers, with AMC Studios set to produce.

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  • dan malenki

    I think they need a place with seasons not just hot.Georgia never gets snow or cold?

    • Xiphos

      Wrong on both.

  • Code Hacker

    I like to see the show where they dont spend an entire season in the same place. I love the walking dead, but it was almost annoying as hell. I mean in zombie movies most of the time did the same damn thing, but then you realize hey they only have at best 90 minutes to work with, and ones that do other places, “like world war z” do in a way that takes it away from seeming to fast pace.

    I’m only saying in some parts in the walking dead, I would be like hey this episode going to show other people, other than stick to the same stuff. I mean yeah I got it, want to have a deep story, and plot, that was fine for frst 2 or so seasons. Like with this current season, who here isn’t glad just like the farm house, etc being like its about damn time. I mean its just nice least in this season there not sticking to one area.

    The way its suppose to work is, they dont stick to one area all the time. If you aks me and a lot of people will agree, shows like this one in a since, just like with remakes, reboots, they stick to much to the comics, etc. Which is what the lviing dead based off of, not my opinion thats fact. In a sense thats not bad but not always good, makes it seem more similar, which is fine if you like that. If you watch enough tv, movies, you know that if not youll be like what the hell this guy talking about.

    Point is, even though this is the first zombie based tv series. I at least would want a spinoff, that isn’t sticking to one group all the time, or the same location, and be what I like to call to much time telling a story and more time about zombies. I mean look to me I love the walking dead, but sometimes I think it feels more like your reading a bedtime story to kids then being about zombies, which it should be more about then the people in it. Dont get me wrong I like the majority of the characters, but after awhile they get downright annoying after awhile. Be nice to see it more fast pace, and make them seem more fearful, rather than like in the walking dead be so used to it where its like status quote to them. Be like hey zombies aw whatever, once in awhile you them actually fearful, but afterwards be like it was nothing. People suppose to be afraid, thats the point in doing zombies, the fear, if people dont fear them, then whats the point? I know Im not the only one that feels this way.

    I mean it just be nice to see a/the spinoff not be a carbon copy of the orginal. Just saying, more to zombies then drama and telling deep stories about the characters in question, watch any zombie movie, etc and youll get an idea what I mean. You wouldn’t make a time travel movie/show that only had you going to the same year over and over would you? Or only to another year once a season. No you wouldn’t. But hey just sharing some views, you dont have to like me, but one has to admit the show itself or its spinoff could use other directions than just the one.

    Though I wont lie its stupid and annoying they dont show what happens in the winter time, hey zombies are all year, they dont stop moving around because of it being winter, not even in gerogia, of course not many people know in reality most of the filming of this show in done in FLORIDA. Not my opinion, just something you can read about and know doing your own research. None the less still like to see stories that spand through put the year not the pick and choose like only spring and summer time parts.