AMC is moving forward with their plans for a The Walking Dead spin-off.
The network today handed a formal pilot order to the project, which has been in development since September 2013. Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson co-created this spin-off, which is being produced by AMC Studios with Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert serving as executive producers.
Little has been revealed about the premise of the potential spin-off, but AMC president Charlie Collier today confirmed that the show would explore “what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world”. Production is slated to commence in late 2014 and AMC said that they would not be confirming an further details, such as the location and casting, for the pilot.
“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,” said Charlie Collier, President of AMC. “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.”
Co-creator Robert Kirman commented: “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”.
While fellow co-creator Dave Erickson added: “I’ve been fortunate to have collaborated with both Robert and AMC on past projects and I’m thrilled to join them again, along with Gale and David, to build upon ‘The Walking Dead’s’ already epic narrative,” said Erickson.