AMC has officially ordered a pilot for a "companion series" for The Walking Dead. The project, which was first announced last September, was co-created and co-written by Robert Kirkman and Sons of Anarchy's Dave Erickson. Kirkman will act as showrunner and executive producer alongside The Walking Dead's Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert.
The pilot script impressed AMC's execs. Said AMC president Charlie Collier:
“Almost from the beginning of The Walking Dead on AMC, 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.”
Not technically a spin-off, the new companion series will be set in a different location and feature an entirely new cast of characters. Kirkman said in a statement:
“There are many corners of The Walking Dead universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill. I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new universe of The Walking Dead, and I'm happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them."
Production on the pilot will begin later this year. The Walking Dead returns for its fifth season on October 12th.