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[TV] AMC Speaks About “The Walking Dead” Spinoff

Fans of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” are juicing for more zombie television, and they’re going to get it.

The cabler already announced a spinoff for 2015, although series creator Robert Kirkman hasn’t found time to really get into it yet.

Speaking with Vulture, AMC execs opened up about the potential spin-off that’s still in its infant stages.

That show is not as far along. Robert has some things on his plate,” programming head Joel Stillerman said. “He continues to write every issue of the comic and hasn’t finished season four of The Walking Dead, which he is very intimately involved with and will continue to be. That’s really in the incubation stages. The one thing that I’ll share is just an anecdote that Robert shared with us. He has such a specific vision that he laid out really clearly in the first issue of the comic book. And I encourage anybody who’s interested in the show to go read the note that he wrote in the first issue of the comic. His motivation for telling that story was so clear and so powerful, and it served as such a great north star for the show. We kicked around a few ideas, but primarily what he’s working on is, what is the idea that gives [him] as clear a mandate to make another version of this show as [he] had for the first one? What is going on [now] is a more philosophical discussion over why there should be another version of the show. Once we answer that, we’ll zero in on the specific creative.

When questioned if it was 100 percent green-lit, Stillerman stated “It’s in development.

Network chief Charlie Collier added: “What we want to do is not diminish the mothership. What we want to do is find something that everyone involved feels as passionately about as being a unique vehicle and unique enterprise as compared to the original series. We’ll take our time, and we’ll do it right.

Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert executive produce.

What do you want to see from “The Walking Dead” spinoff? Would you like to see the rumored prequel? Or something different?



  • HorrorFancy

    I think the rumored prequel idea would help keep a good distance between the shows; keeping both unique. I also want to see how the whole thing started.

    • TheDragon

      Rather than Simply a prequel, which generally suck the life out of the original due to minor differences (think Star Wars), Why not take the explanations that would exist in a prequel, and use them in a SLIGHTLY different location, showing the build up of a different group, how the dynamic of the group develops, and so forth. This would allow the second group to “run across” signs of the original group, allowing the story lines to cross, but never really connect, always leaving that bit of hope, yet giving ‘Lost characters’ a place to pop up, without completely losing them or having to kill them off. Keeping the storyline slightly connected, would allow the cost savings of prop and set sharing, without someone saying “HEY that was…” as well as keeping the two series in step rather than disjointed, thus adding to the believability that it is the same pandemic. Oh one other thing, Hire me as a weapons advisor, that issue is really messed up in W-D except for the Military arms…


  • AmyEKessler

    $85 an hour! Seriously I don’t know why more people haven’t tried this, I work two shifts, 2 hours in the day and 2 in the evening…And what’s awesome is I’m working from home so I get more time with my kids. Heres where I went Buzz19.COM

  • Chance

    …if you can call a conversation along the lines of “how can we milk this cash cow” philosophical.

  • diapers

    I would like to see a prequel that delves into how the thing started, with heavy emphasis on the medical and scientific aspects.

  • djblack1313

    count me in too with the prequel idea. i always love seeing the beginning of a zombie apocalypse. i think this 2nd show is a good idea because many people are understandably sick of Rick and/or others from that group. just make sure this spin off is the same quality (zombie fx, cinematography, etc) as the “mothership”.

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