AMC plans to further expand The Walking Dead franchise with a new series. This spinoff series possibly takes us back to the very beginning of the zombie apocalypse.
The Walking Dead begins with Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, waking up post-apocalypse, but this new spinoff will tell a much different tale. The official logline for the new series reads:
The Walking Dead Spinoff Series Logline
The third series in a franchise that includes the global hit series The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead will feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.
The Walking Dead spinoff is being created by Scott M. Gimple and Matt Negrete. Gimple, who of course has served as an executive producer, supervising producer, and showrunner on The Walking Dead (and executive producer of Fear The Walking Dead). And Negrete, with a similar background with the flagship series minus being a showrunner, working on 96 episodes in total of The Walking Dead.
Although The Walking Dead’s ninth season ratings were subpar, this new spinoff, as well as the upcoming films, might breathe fresh life into the franchise.
“We’re thrilled that the Dead will keep walking into a new corner of the post-apocalyptic world, a corner that will present stories and characters unlike any that The Walking Dead has dramatized thus far, and that is bound to excite one of the most passionate fanbases in television,” said David Madden, president of programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios, in a statement. “Scott has been an invaluable leader for the Universe since taking on the role of chief content officer, with a distinct and innovative vision for the franchise. Likewise, we’re excited to have Matt, who has been a crucial part of The Walking Dead family for over five years and penned many memorable episodes of TWD, at the helm of this original series.”
The Walking Dead spinoff will go into production this summer in Virginia. And fans can expect ten episodes for the first season, which will premiere in 2020. Are you excited for the spinoff? Let us know your thoughts below!
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Editor’s Note: Personally, I’m excited to see this take on the overall story, but I feel it might be too late for it to work. When it was first announced last year that Andrew Lincoln would be leaving the series, I had expressed my opinon on the best way for the series to move forward. I wanted to see a time jump that left us with an adult Judith as the series lead.
I have to say that I’ve been a fan of how showrunner Angela Kang has handled the ninth season. She kinda came into a mess when she took over last year. But I do feel she breathed new life into the story – and what had been stale episodes – drastically improved.
That being said, The Walking Dead has had a long run – up and down in quality, ratings, and fan interest. I love that a form of what I wanted to see this last season is becoming a reality, but I’d love it more if was completely unrelated. For spinoffs to truly work, they need to be spun off something that is at the top of its game. (Take the new Game of Thrones spinoffs for example). This may have worked for The Walking Dead universe 4 years ago, but will work now? I’m skeptical. Feel the same or differently? I’d love to hear your thoughts below.