AMC has approved a pilot episode of a new Walking Dead spin-off.
Good news for zombie fans! Hit AMC show 'The Walking Dead' is getting a spin-off, and it's going to explore unchartered areas of the televison show's vast world.
Looks like more zombies are heading are way
The show stars British actor Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, a sheriff's deputy who wakes up to find the world around him ravaged by a zombie outbreak, and began airing on October 31st 2010. Since then it has survived four seasons, with the fifth gearing up to start in October, and has gained legions of loyal fans across the world as well as receiving widespread critical acclaim. Other actors
It's no surprise then that AMC have decided to expand on the hit show, based in turn on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman (also an executive producer on the show) and Tony Moore. Also on board for the next adventure are executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert as well as Dave Erickson who will be serving as showrunner, fresh from FX's 'Sons of Anarchy' which concludes this October.
Speaking to EW, Kirkman had this to say: "It definitely won’t be set in Georgia—I can at least say that. It’s important to us that this show exists on its own. The spinoff has to be a show worthy of existing, or else we’ve all sold out. So that’s something we’re all working hard towards doing, and I think we can pull it off. I think that the ideal situation is, when you’re watching the spinoff, you’re like, ‘Wow, this is a really awesome show.'"
AMC President Charlie Collier spoke of the demand from fans for more about the world of 'The Walking Dead' outside of the show's setting in Georgia. "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," he said. "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."
It seems AMC are all about spin offs at the moment- don't forget 'Breaking Bad' has 'Better Call Saul', which will air in February 2015.