AMC is moving forward with their Walking Dead spin-off.
The untitled “companion” project, which has been in the works at the network since 2013, has been officially green-lit to series with a two season order. Six episodes have been ordered for the show’s first season, while the episode order for the second season has yet to be determined.
Set to premiere on AMC this Summer, the untitled series is set in Los Angeles and focusses on a new set of characters in the early days of the outbreak. Further plot details for the series have yet to be announced. Cast members include Cliff Curtis (Missing), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).
The companion series is being produced in-house by AMC Studios and was written by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert will serve as executive producers, while co-creator Dave Erickson will also serve as an executive producer and the showrunner.
“We take incredibly seriously the notion of building a satisfying companion series to the number one show on television. From the beginning of ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC, we’ve been asked questions about what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.’ Through this new series, we’re going to find out,” said Charlie Collier, President of AMC.
In addition, AMC Global – the international branded AMC channel – has taken international rights to the series and will air it in more than 100 countries, just as Fox International Channels does for the original series.