The Walking Dead is popular. Really popular, it seems. Not only is it among the most popular comic series in the past decade, it has spawned a number of successful forays into other mediums, including video games and television. The Telltale Games Walking Dead adventure game was a smash hit in 2012, with a follow up scheduled to be released within the next year, and the AMC television series is the most popular TV show in the lucrative 18-49 male demographic.
Now it seems that AMC is going to try and build off of that success, as they have announced a new Walking Dead “Companion Series” set to debut in 2015. The series will see Robert Kirkman, the creator of the Walking Dead comics, as it’s executive producer, and he was quick to voice his enthusiasm for the new show via a statement to the press.
“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. 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.”
Kirkman will be joined by fellow Executive Producers Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert, and AMC president Charlie Collier has given us a little insight as to the direction of the new series. Also in a statement:
“We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”
When looking at these two quotes, it seems most likely that the series aims to tell the tale of a new set of survivors in a different area of the country than Atlanta. While this has potential to be just as popular, I can’t help but voice a bit of disappointment if this ends up being true. A spinoff series like this would have been a perfect time for the creators to explore more deeply the outbreak of the Zombie virus and ensuing apocalypse, as the current AMC show has never taken advantage of what could be a very entertaining story, if told well.
Interestingly, this is also the second time in just a week that AMC has looked to their current slate of television to ensure it’s future success. Just last week the network announced “Better Call Saul”, a prequel to their wildly popular and soon to be ending Breaking Bad. If this is a trend starting to form, you have to wonder what other successful AMC shows will be looked at for potential spinoff treatments in the future.
Either way, we will have plenty of time to wax intellectual about the possibilities of this new series, as it is still nearly 2 years off. Be sure to check back to Free4Geeks.com and listen to the Free For All Podcast every Wednesday for further news and opinions.