As far as I’m concerned, you can never have too many zombies…on television. AMC clearly agrees; that or (with Breaking Bad is long gone and Mad Men quick on its heels) they realize they need to make the most of the hits they have. The cable network announced they’ve ordered up a pilot for The Walking Dead companion series — not a prequel or sequel — that will follow a different group of survivors. Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert will produce the new series written by Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy, Low Winter Sun).
Here’s the official statement 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 the zombie apocalypse 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.”
Robert Kirkman added, “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.”
Personally, I’m thrilled by this news. Though I haven’t read Kirkman’s comics, this idea gives the series a Stand-ish feel, with people from different parts of a universe dealing with similar circumstances, but on their own journeys. I don’t know if it’s in the cards, but surely there’ll be a crossover somewhere. Regardless, I can’t wait to see who’ll be cast. Production begins later this year.