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16 September 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Given the enormous ratings the show enjoys in the US and the fervent following it has in other countries, it’s perhaps not a surprise to learn that American cable channel AMC is now developing a “companion series” – in common parlance, a spin-off – to zombie comic book-based horror drama The Walking Dead.

The show has been a success since its premiere, but grew even further in terms of viewership last year. Now comic’s creator Robert Kirkman and executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert are coming up with ideas to explore a different nook and cranny of Kirkman’s world in what is described by AMC bosses as a “no-brainer” of an idea. No-brainer! Because zombies, right? Yeah, we groaned too.

So far, all we really know about the new show is that it’ll dig into a new part of the Walking Dead universe, not so closely linked to the comic book source, which will offer even greater freedom. So while characters such as Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) or Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) could conceivably show up, it’s much less likely.

“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,” Kirkman says in a statement picked up by Variety. 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.”

All being well, the new show should be on the air in 2015. AMC is clearly looking to keep its big cash cows mooing - the Dead spin-off news arrives chomping at the heels of word that the Breaking Bad-birthed Saul Goodman show is creeping closer to reality. 


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Could be good
As long as they bring in fresh ideas and not make it a carbon copy with different characters then I'm all for it! More

Posted by Hugh_Fran at 22:06 on 17 September 2013 | Report This Post

Get your house in order before you give us something else!
When TWD show was announced I was so happy - at last a series that I've read for years is getting picked up. I gotta be honest though, while the narrative speed and plotting 3rd season was fantstic - I think that was all down to Glen Mazzara (see The Shield for evidence) - season 1 and 2 were epically slow and souless. The second season was based on a couple of episodes for god's sake! Maintain the quality of the show and stop firing people before you move on! More

Posted by Silvio Mugabe at 13:12 on 17 September 2013 | Report This Post

Rise of the Governor.
Seems to me they should probably make this book into a tv series, apparently it's going to be the first of a trilogy. Could be pretty cool. More

Posted by GUYGUR at 06:13 on 17 September 2013 | Report This Post

Overkill?
Don't get me wrong I think the Walking Dead is great, but do we really need a spin-off. Lets hope they do something really different and don't just follow the same template. More

Posted by darthmhall101 at 04:10 on 17 September 2013 | Report This Post

...can't wait
Ohhhh i can't wait to see a spin-off TV show of TWD. This will rock on the walkers. OH YEAH! More

Posted by RudyWars at 22:35 on 16 September 2013 | Report This Post

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