AMC is moving forward with a project that is a companion piece to its hit zombie series “The Walking Dead.” USA Today reports that the cable channel ordered a pilot for the new production, which could become a series.
“A new series, which has been discussed publicly as a possibility, would examine other parts of the post-apocalyptic, zombie-ridden ‘Dead’ world,” the story reports. “‘Dead’ executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert will hold the same titles on the new project, which is scheduled for production late this year.”
The original series is set to premiere its fifth season Oct. 12.
“Dave Erickson, who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, will also be an executive producer. The pilot will be set in a different place with new characters, but AMC did not provide details about location or casting,” the story reports.
In an announcement, AMC President Charlie Collier said: “Almost from the beginning of ‘The Walking Dead,’ 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. 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.”