The zombie apocalypse is far from over on AMC. It's really just beginning. The network has officially announced that a new, untitled Walking Dead Spin-Off series taking place in The Walking Dead universe is coming our way. Few details have been revealed at this time, but the new show will make its debut on the cable channel in 2020. The network has handed out a 10-episode first season order.
AMC made the announcement at a press conference in New York. What we know for sure is that Matt Negrete, who has served as a writer on the main series for a long time, will serve as showrunner for this new walker-centric drama. Scott M. Gimple, who now oversees the entire Walking Dead universe, co-created the series and will serve as a producer. Gimple had this to say in a statement.
"Showing audiences an unseen pocket of The Walking Dead universe steeped in a new mythology is a very cool way to celebrate a Decade of the Dead on TV and over 15 years of [creator] Robert Kirkman's brilliant comic. Matt Negrete is one of the best writer-producers in TWD's long history, I'm thrilled to be working beside him to tell stories unlike we've seen before, taking our first step into an even larger world."
For the time being, what little can be extracted from that statement is about as much as has been revealed. The only other, pretty important detail that has come out, is that this new series will be centered on two young, female protagonists. This will exist alongside The Walking Dead, which enters its 10th season next year, and spin-off Fear the Walking Dead, which is gearing up for season 5. It's unclear at the present time if any characters we know from either series will be brought over for this new venture. Matt Negrete had this to say.
"I'm beyond excited to be a part of this new show set in The Walking Dead universe. Writing and producing for the original series has been the job of a lifetime and I'm honored to be working with Scott and all the fine Dead folks at AMC in this new capacity. I can't wait for the fans of the franchise to see what we've been cooking up!"
It had previously been reported that the network was looking to expand with a new series set in this universe, which is based on Robert Kirkman's very popular Image Comics series, but it hadn't been confirmed until now. This comes as ratings for the flagship show are declining steadily. That said, it's still one of the most watched shows on all of TV, despite the fact that it saw a 37 percent decline in viewership during season 9. That said, critics and fans seem to agree that showrunner Angela Kang is doing the right thing with the story, as many have praised the storytelling this season as the best it's been in years.
Perhaps a new show will be a good way to freshen things up? This also comes as Andrew Lincoln, who left The Walking Dead last season, is set to headline a trilogy of movies as Rick Grimes for the network as well. We'll be sure to bring you more details on the new show as they're made available by AMC.