“The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, who also saw his “Outcast” adapted into a Cinemax series, had a deal with AMC to develop new a slate of new shows. Now, according to THR, he’s taking his talents to Amazon in what they’re calling a “stunning move.”
Kirkman and his Skybound Entertainment company have exited their overall deal with longtime home AMC in favor of what is said to be a sizable two-year overall deal with Amazon Studios. Under the pact, Kirkman will develop TV projects exclusively for Amazon’s Prime Video platform, which will also have a first-look deal with Skybound. Skybound co-presidents of film and television Bryan and Sean Furst will oversee the Amazon project slate in conjunction with Kirkman and Alpert.
The deal reunites Kirkman with Sharon Tal Yguado, the former head of Fox International Channels who supervised the worldwide rollout of “The Walking Dead” and developed Kirkman’s exorcist comic “Outcast” for television before it was published. Tal Yguado joined Amazon in January as head of event series with a focus on science fiction, action, fantasy and horror series.
“At Skybound Entertainment we strive to tell the best stories in the most unique and creative ways in an effort to always break new ground,” Kirkman said. “A forward-thinking company like Amazon is the perfect home for us. Their new foray into genre fiction has us at peak optimism for what can be accomplished during this unprecedented partnership.”