AMC Orders New ‘The Walking Dead’ Series Featuring Two Female Protagonists

The Walking Dead‘s universe is expanding. AMC has handed out a ten episode series order to an as-yet untitled third entry in the franchise that will feature two young female protagonists.

The new spin-off will focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.

The Walking Dead Chief Creative Officer Scott M. Gimple co-created the series alongside The Walking Dead writer/producer Matt Negrete. AMC Studios is producing, with Negrete serving as the showrunner. Production on this third series is set to begin production in Virginia ahead of a 2020 premiere. AMC Studios will also handle distribution. It is not immediately clear if the series will air on AMC’s network of global channels or if AMC Studios will seek to license it on a territory by territory basis.

“We’re thrilled that the Dead will keep walking into a new corner of the post-apocalyptic world, a corner that will present stories and characters unlike any that The Walking Dead has dramatized thus far, and that is bound to excite one of the most passionate fanbases in television,” said David Madden, President of Programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “Scott has been an invaluable leader for the Universe since taking on the role of chief content officer, with a distinct and innovative vision for the franchise. Likewise, we’re excited to have Matt, who has been a crucial part of The Walking Dead family for over five years and penned many memorable episodes of TWD, at the helm of this original series.”