universe is about to get bigger with a companion series pilot ordered up by AMC. How far it will go has yet to be determined, but it should get picked up for a full season since The Walking Dead been the Number 1 program on television for the last two years.
The new project will once again see Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and David Alpert executive producing and AMC Studios producing. Dave Erickson (Marco Polo, Sons of Anarchy), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, will be the showrunner while also executive producing.
Production on the pilot is scheduled to get started later this year, but no other details are being offered at this time. However, some important people had a few things to say about the new project:
From AMC President Charlie Collier:
Almost from the beginning of The Walking Dead on AMC, fans have been curious about what is going on in theapocalypse 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.
From Robert Kirkman:
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.
From Dave Erickson:
I’ve been fortunate to have collaborated with both Robert and AMC on past projects and I’m thrilled to join them again, along with Gale and David, to build upon The Walking Dead‘s already epic narrative.
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