Variety reports that AMC has announced that it’s developing a companion series to the hit show The Walking Dead. The new series is being put together by The Walking Dead comic creator Robert Kirkman, along with the show’s executive producers Gale Anne Hurd & Dave Alpert. According to the reoprt, the companion series has a target on-air date of 2015.
In a press release, AMC president and general manager Charlie Collier said, “Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer. We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”
Robert Kirkman added, “After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe. The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”
The announcement comes just a week after AMC confirmed a spinoff show based on its other big hit, Breaking Bad, which will be a prequel focused on Bob Odenkirk’s memorable character, Saul Goodman, tentatively called “Better Call Saul.”
Season four of The Walking Dead premieres on Sunday, October 13th, the final day of New York Comic-Con. There’s been no confirmation yet whether the cast will host a panel at New York Comic-Con for 2013, however each of the last three Cons has hosted a special panel showcasing exclusive footage from the show. This year, some of the cast held a big panel at Atlanta’s Dragon Con event over Labor Day weekend. I’ll post any news on a New York Comic-Con Walking Dead panel for 2013, as soon as I have it.