AMC’s expansion plan for The Walking Dead includes indefinite seasons of the main show, new movies with big-name cast members like Andrew Lincoln and continued crossovers between the main show and its spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead. But now we’re starting to hear more about how Fear will not be the only spin-off for long, something that has felt obvious for a while, but now AMC is starting to talk more about it openly.
In a Q4 call (via The Wrap), Ed Carroll, AMC’s chief operating officer, had this to say about a third series in the works:
"That is in active development. We’re not yet at a stage where we’ll be announcing its plans to premiere. But we have hired creative people that have pitched story outlines. We feel very good about the development of that series."
A third Walking Dead series, joining the other two which currently run 16 weeks a year, means that if rotated correctly, AMC could go 48 weeks out of 52 per year with some sort of Walking Dead show airing on Sunday nights. I have previously argued that with dropping ratings and a splintering cast, that tripling down on The Walking Dead seems like an odd move. But AMC’s position is that The Walking Dead is still very strong, despite declines, beating all other cable shows on Sundays and holding its own with the networks as well (though it did used to beat them handily). And then there’s the additional fact that Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead are AMC’s two highest rated programs by a fairly substantial margin. Despite having a lot of prestige programming, none of it puts up the numbers of these series. So why not keep going?
geecee wrote: »
The Walking Dead: UK & Ireland might be good
Focus on a group of people in the UK first and then as the plot moves on they decide to move to Ireland due to its lower population density and therefore less Zombies
Following the success of the main series, plus Fear the Walking Dead, development on a third full series has started, and this one will feature "two young female protagonists".
AMC said in a statement: "[It will] focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it.
"Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad."
Matt Negrete, writer and producer of the Walking Dead franchise, will serve as the showrunner for the new spin-off, which is set to enter production this summer with a release date in 2020
"Showing audiences an unseen pocket of The Walking Dead universe steeped in a new mythology is a very cool way to celebrate a 'Decade of the Dead' on TV and over 15 years of Robert Kirkman's brilliant comic," said the series' chief content officer Scott M Gimple.
"Matt Negrete is one of the best writer-producers in TWD's long history – I'm thrilled to be working beside him to tell stories unlike we've seen before, taking our first step into an even larger world.
duridian wrote: »
I could perhaps get into this third series if they used it as a way to bring the characters of the Telltale Games' series into the live action world of TWD and FTWD.
But I read where AMC were actually trying to buy the IP rights of the game series last year, when Telltale went bust. It became complicated as Kirkman still owns the rights to the characters, Clementine most importantly, and he had some other plans about what he wanted to do with her character at his own Skybound Games company.
The Walking Dead has revealed a first look at its newest spin-off, coming next spring.
Shared on The Walking Dead's official Twitter page, the 37-second video shows the cast teasing the concept and themes of the upcoming series.
Various stars hint at new stories and a "new world" not seen before in the franchise.
Cast members for the show include Annet Mahendru (who starred in The Americans), Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Nicolas Cantu, and Hal Cumpston.
An exact premiere date hasn't been announced by AMC yet, but it's coming in spring 2020.
The latest coronavirus-related delay in the entertainment world comes to us from The Walking Dead universe, which already had to halt production on Fear the Walking Dead's sixth season.
The Walking Dead's second spinoff, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, has now been pushed back to later this year, to a date yet to be determined.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond has actually wrapped shooting, but still needs to complete post-production on a few more episodes and that process has been impacted by fears of spreading COVID-19. So, like FX's Fargo: Season 4, its April airdate is being changed. World Beyond was set to start on Sunday, April 12 at 10 PM ET right after the Season 10 finale of The Walking Dead.
Set to run for 2 seasons of 10 episodes each, The Walking Dead: World Beyond promises new types of zombies, one of which can be seen in the trailer as bees fly out of its mouth. No story details are known beyond the premise, such as what makes the group want to leave their camp or what they hope to find. But the series promises to reveal more answers about the CRM and the meaning of the three rings on the helicopters who rescued Rick Grimes before his planned standalone movie series.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond premieres on AMC on Oct. 4.