“The Walking Dead” has become a global phenomenon through its first five years on AMC, but is the network really ready for a spin-off series? There are benefits that come with that, but also many risks. After all, it’s possible that you end up over-saturating your brand, and that the new story simply isn’t as good. After all, you’re working without the benefit of a sensational comic series to back you up.
The spin-off was officially greenlit by AMC recently, and comic creator Robert Kirkman seems more than confident about what the show’s executive producer in Dave Erickson has up his sleeve. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly on the prospective series, he had the following message to hand down:
“I can just say that I have been a huge fan of Dave Erickson for many, many years. We actually developed a project together before The Walking Dead show ever happened … So to me he was the best possible guy for the job and I’m very excited about this idea of doing this companion show for The Walking Dead because people aren’t quite aware of all the different new angles we can go in and the new kind of stories we can tell and just how unique and exciting and how much this show can stand alone. I think people are going to be pretty taken aback by how cool this companion show can be. And being able to work with Dave on it will be pretty exciting for me.”
So when could some more genuinely-tangible details about this new series be revealed? Given that the show will not air until 2015, we do imagine that there won’t be too big of a hurry. However, we’d love to see a bigger announcement come at some point during San Diego Comic-Con.
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