Ever curious to know what’s going on in The Walking Dead beyond Georgia and the tribulations of Rick and his group? Well, you’re about to get your chance. AMC and the show’s producers announced today that they will be developing a Dead companion series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will tell a story set in the same zombie apocalypse setting but with a whole new cast and new situations. Presumably, some of the stories will be influenced by the material in writer Robert Kirkman’s original comic book series.
Just as with the original show, this series will be developed by Kirkman and producers Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert.
“Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” AMC president and general manager Charlie Collier said in the article. “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.”
From his end, Kirkman says the opportunity has given him a whole new burst of creativity.
“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,” Kirkman said in the article. “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.”
Should everything go according to plan, the companion series is currently set for an airdate of 2015. The fourth season of The Walking Dead, now with Scott Gimple as showrunner, will make its premiere on Oct. 13.