It has been confirmed that hit zombie TV series, The Walking Dead, is due to get a spin off.
According to Variety, author Robert Kirkman and executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert are working on a “companion series”, which is anticipated to air in 2015. The new series, which is yet to be named, would have its own story and completely new characters, but potentially follow the same sort of zombie apocalypse theme.
In a release, Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager said, “Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer. We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”
Kirkman added, “After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of ‘The Walking Dead’ universe.”
Kirkman also confirmed that the new series would not be based on any of his comic books and will be written completely from scratch: “The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”
The fourth season of The Walking Dead is due to start on 13th October.