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A while back, AMC officially greenlit a companion series for THE WALKING DEAD which has a lot of fans very curious as to what is going on there. Those of you who are ready for the new series will be interested in today's news.
Some new details on the show have emerged as creator Robert Kirkman attended a panel at SXSW saying:
"It’s not going to relate to the comics at all,” Kirkman said. “From the beginning of the show one thing we’ve heard is, ‘What’s going on over here or there.’ So the intent of the new show is to expand that world and show another corner of the United States and what’s happening there. The timeline is taking place a little bit earlier timeframe than the original show. Rick Grimes woke up from a coma and was like, ‘Oh, man, zombies, weird!’ We’re going to possibly see that unfold a little more in the other show. But I wouldn’t call it ‘prequel’ because the entirety of the show is not going take place before [The Walking Dead]. It will eventually form a path running concurrently.”
In regards to if this new show will have connections to the current storylines Kirkman says:
"One thing that we’re doing with the new show that we’re trying with everything is it’s not derivative... It’s standing on its own. You can watch it by itself and get your own experience. But if you are watching both shows there are things like, ‘Oh they discovered this, or they discovered that in a different way.’ There are a lot of things about The Walking Dead world these characters have to learn or figure out to get by. And there may be some things that are discovered in the companion show that haven’t been discovered in the other show yet. So there could be like a thing where, ‘Oh, they encountered a zombie in season 4 in The Walking Dead that could do this and now we know why that was.’ So we’re going to be doing things like that are going to be pretty cool, but for the most part [the two shows] should be able to stand alone.”
Carrying the working title of "Cobalt" the new series has yet to gain an official name. AMC has ordered two seasons of the show. The first season will consist of six one-hour episodes.
Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert will be executive producing the new series along with AMC Studios producing. Dave Erickson, who also serves as an executive producer takes on the title of showrunner.
“We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC,” Kirkman said. “I personally take it as a sign that they believe, like we do, that we’ve accomplished our goal of developing something original that can pay tribute to the original show and expand the world I created while at the same time having something new to say with this story. I’m very grateful that we now have the opportunity to tell this amazing story and show the fans that we really haven’t scratched the surface yet when it comes to ‘The Walking Dead.’”
The setting for the new series will be in Los Angeles and follows new characters as well as storylines. Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam Carey are all set to star.
The plan is to air the first season later this summer and then air the second season in 2016.
We will continue to bring you more on THE WALKING DEAD companion series as it unfolds.