The “Walking Dead” franchise is expanding. AMC’s zombie-riddled ratings juggernaut is getting a prequel series that will air during the summer.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the cable channel announced a two-season order for the show.
“The as-yet-untitled show will be set in Los Angeles and will focus on new characters and their own story lines, in an attempt to illustrate what the rest of the world might be enduring outside the bubble of ‘The Walking Dead,'” WSJ reports. “The first season, consisting of six one-hour episodes, will premiere in late summer 2015 on AMC, while the second will air in 2016.”
In a statement, AMC President Charlie Collier said: “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,’ 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.”
The cast for the new series includes Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (“Gone Girl,” “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”) and Alycia Debnam Carey (“Into the Storm”), the report notes.
Robert Kirkman, creator of the “Walking Dead” comic and co-writer and co-creator of the new pilot, is on board as an executive producer, with Dave Erickson, co-creator and co-writer of the pilot, set as executive producer and showrunner.