AMC Executives And Robert Kirkman Update The Status Of THE WALKING DEAD Spinoff
Back in September news hit that AMC were working on a spinoff series for The Walking Dead. It’s the #1 show on all of TV for viewers under 50, so it makes sense that the network would explore other possibilities within that world. They’re already hard at work on a Breaking Bad spinoff about Saul Goodman. Since the big announcement and the week of analysis that followed, we haven’t heard much about the project. That changed this week when AMC’s top execs and Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman offered up some new updates about the status of the project. Things are moving along, but the series isn’t nearly as far along as the Breaking Bad spinoff.
Robert Kirkman had his own panel at the recently wrapped Image Expo called “I Is For Infectious: A Conversation with Robert Kirkman.” The writer had a lot of interesting things to say, but when the Q&A section kicked in the Walking Dead spinoff question was raised. Kirkman revealed that he is the only writer working on the pilot that serves as a prequel, featuring all new character, but and he will not be the showrunner. Says the Walking Dead mogul (via CBR) “I recognize how risky and scary the idea of a ‘Walking Dad’ spinoff show is, and it’s something I’m taking great care to make it’s as good if not better than the original show. I think people are going to be very excited.“
Vulture caught up with AMC network chief Charlie Collier and programming head Joel Stillerman to talk about all manner of AMC shows and programming. The Breaking Bad and Walking Dead spinoffs were hot topics. When asked how far along Kirkman’s new series was, Stillerman says it’s not really that far along at all:
That show is not as far along [as Better Call Saul]. Robert has some things on his plate. He continues to write every issue of the comic and hasn’t finished season four of The Walking Dead, which he is very intimately involved with and will continue to be. That’s really in the incubation stages. The one thing that I’ll share is just an anecdote that Robert shared with us. He has such a specific vision that he laid out really clearly in the first issue of the comic book. And I encourage anybody who’s interested in the show to go read the note that he wrote in the first issue of the comic. His motivation for telling that story was so clear and so powerful, and it served as such a great north star for the show. We kicked around a few ideas, but primarily what he’s working on is, what is the idea that gives [him] as clear a mandate to make another version of this show as [he] had for the first one? What is going on [now] is a more philosophical discussion over why there should be another version of the show. Once we answer that, we’ll zero in on the specific creative.
Since it is just in the script phase, the logical follow-up question was whether or not the series was 100% green-lit as of right now. After the two men said it was just ‘in development,’ Collier took the question, saying “What we want to do is not diminish the mothership. What we want to do is find something that everyone involved feels as passionately about as being a unique vehicle and unique enterprise as compared to the original series. We’ll take our time, and we’ll do it right.” So what all of that means is that the show is a pretty good bet, but nothing is official just yet. What do you think about the new updates? Do you hope The Walking Dead series gets past the ‘development’ stage?