[TV] New Progress on “The Walking Dead” Companion Series

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As AMC’s fourth season of “The Walking Dead” comes to an end this Sunday, the cabler is now focused on getting a companion series off the ground.

THR revealed that “Sons of Anarchy” and “Low Winter Sun’s” Dave Erickson will both co-write and executive produce “The Walking Dead” companion series.

In speaking last year with creator Robert Kirkman, IGN learned that, “…it’s going to be set in this world, but it is a new cast and a new setting, and it’s going to be very different. It’s just exciting to be able to start over again and try to do cool stuff…

…it’s a really different location with completely different people, so we are going to see an entirely different corner of the Walking Dead world. It definitely won’t be set in Georgia, I can at least say that. It’s important to us that this show exists on its own. The spinoff has to be a show worthy of existing, or else we’ve all sold out. So that’s something we’re all working hard towards doing, and I think we can pull it off. I think that the ideal situation is, when you’re watching the spinoff, you’re like, “Wow, this is a really awesome show.” The whole other show doesn’t need to exist for this show to be cool and stand on its own.

Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert executive producer, with AMC Studios set to produce.

 
  • Voorhees83

    I’m definitely pumped for this. This will avoid any comic book relation as there is none. That’s one thing I get annoyed about, is people always relating a show to a book or comic.

    I wonder where else they can take the show that the main show hasn’t gone or is still going. Obviously a new group and a new location is easy, but the formula just seems like “okay this place didn’t work out, on to the next”. So far we’ve done a town, prison, camp, farm, houses, the road, etc and soon to be Terminus and Washington DC.

    I guess there is plenty of other big buildings and locations to think of. Regardless, I’m definitely not bored of The Walking Dead yet like some people may be. Seems like I’m only gaining more and more interest as the show goes on.

    • Sil Perez

      Yes, it is annoying. The show is one thing, the comics are another, they are following different paths – and the comics are much more ballsy.

      You’re right, Voorhees, there are lots of locations to think of, but I wonder what’s the story gonna be, because it’s easy to follow the same steps ans make a very similar story just changing the background, much like CSI.

  • wildgator25

    Sorry to be a nuisance Voorhees, but I really enjoy the relation between this show and the comic. There is enough difference between the two to keep the reader guessing as to future outcomes, but enough similarities to keep the reader excited for how they will flesh out the comic.

    I liken this with Game of Thrones. I own the first 4 books in George R.R. Martin’s ongoing saga and tried to read them after the first season began. Since I had already watched the show, the books actually became quite tedious and boring. However, had I read prior to the show commencing (knowing the show follows the books quite closely), I would have been more amazed at how the characters came to life from words.

    Back on topic, I too am excited for a whole new take on The Walking Dead universe. I have no doubts that it will include some bits from the comics and some from Tell-Tale Games’ excellent video game, but the overall visual will be brand new and exciting.

    • Voorhees83

      I’ve got family and friends that read the comics, so I’m not hatin. It’s more of a slight nuisance, but not the end of the world. They always are dying to tell me something that they think is gonna happen and I have to tell them to “shut it”!! I suppose i’m partially to blame by coming into forums and reading comments. Can’t help but be curious sometimes.

      My whole point is I’m looking forward to seeing something where absolutely no person has any guesses on what’s coming next based on books or comics.

    • Sil Perez

      Wildgator, the GoT series aren’t following the books that closely anymore. Maybe you should consider getting back to the books sometime ;)

      • wildgator25

        …must…have…time…to…read..1000+ pages. lol

        Those books are great, and like Voorhees said above, I have to be careful around friends who have read them and want to tell you what is going to happen. I always try my best not to spoil anything on The Walking Dead, but will let someone know something or my opinion if they ask.

        • Sil Perez

          Hahaha, yeah, time can be a problem…

          Why is it so hard for people not to spoil? I know it’s a bit tempting, but come on!

  • djblack1313

    as much as i DO like TWD, i’m so sick of the show’s setting (Georgia, right?). i’m very much looking forward to this new show!

    • Voorhees83

      I’m pretty sure next season of The Walking Dead will be the road to Washington D.C as Abraham keeps hinting. It’s only a matter of time before we get out of Atlanta.

      Of course if it were me, going to Washington D.C would have been the first thing I would have done. President = army, power and protection.

      • huntermc

        That’s not exactly the path the comics take, but that would be exactly what I would love to see something like that happen. It would be good to see some new developments other than just where they can find to scavenge food and fight off zombies and other survivors.