AMC Offers Update on Walking Dead Spin Off

Jason McDonald

It’s been some time since we last heard the undying moans of the “Walking Dead” spin off series, but rest assured, it’s still coming.  With the AMC network losing most of its high profile shows, it would seem as if they were in great need of new programing to fill in the gaps.  But AMC execs Charlie Collier and Joel Stillerman don’t want you to take that as a sign of desperation.

While speaking with Vulture, the two addressed some of the concerns building around the network’s future and their plans for developing new programming in the wake of so many shows coming to an end.  One prospect that they announced last season was a companion series to the “Walking Dead” that would focus on a different group of people trying to survive the zombie apocalypse.

That show is not as far along. Robert has some things on his plate. He continues to write every issue of the comic and hasn’t finished season four of The Walking Dead, which he is very intimately involved with and will continue to be. That’s really in the incubation stages. The one thing that I’ll share is just an anecdote that Robert shared with us. He has such a specific vision that he laid out really clearly in the first issue of the comic book. And I encourage anybody who’s interested in the show to go read the note that he wrote in the first issue of the comic. His motivation for telling that story was so clear and so powerful, and it served as such a great north star for the show. We kicked around a few ideas, but primarily what he’s working on is, what is the idea that gives [him] as clear a mandate to make another version of this show as [he] had for the first one? What is going on [now] is a more philosophical discussion over why there should be another version of the show. Once we answer that, we’ll zero in on the specific creative.

One concern that many have held about the upcoming companion series is that having multiple shows based around “The Walking Dead” would somehow dilute the property as a whole. It’s a concern that Collier is well aware of.

What we want to do is not diminish the mothership. What we want to do is find something that everyone involved feels as passionately about as being a unique vehicle and unique enterprise as compared to the original series. We’ll take our time, and we’ll do it right.

For those that don’t like “The Walking Dead”, more of it won’t change their opinion on the series.  However, the fact that AMC isn’t rushing the project into development is at least a good sign that we won’t get a half-baked product.  Perhaps, with this new series, they will find a pace that’ll appease people who aren’t satisfied with the current series.  It’s a unique opportunity for AMC to cover all their bases with one property, it’ll be interesting to watch where they go from here.

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      1. Christoph Krause January 13, 2014 at 11:08 pm

        How about raising the quality of The Walking Dead to Season One niveau first AMC? I’m sorry to say that as a huge fan of the comics and zombie movies and games in general. But this network is treating it’s very profitable show not with the respect it deserves. It’s getting boring because there is zero character developement and a lack of budget. The mayor in season 3 was awesome and the whole war between the village and prison but now that it’s over it’s boring again. Give them some money dammit and good scripts with engaging stories! not the ones comparable to telenovelas.

      2. Terry Davis January 14, 2014 at 12:09 am

        I think it is the best show on tv and every episode is awesome, and anybody is stupid if they think it is boring , it never has been.

        • Joshua Baird January 14, 2014 at 11:08 pm

          That my friend is where you are wrong the show has been boring since episode 2 and once Frank Darabont left the set never to return the show has become on par with Buffy in the cheese factor (though without the amazing geek culture to support it)

        • Christoph Krause January 17, 2014 at 5:26 am

          Yeah everyone who doesn’t agree with you is automatically stupid. Class A human material. Yeah the farm of Season 2 was not boring at all right. And the stupidity of things like there is a zombie in our water supply. It’s not infected until it does not bleed into the well. was totally not dumb at all. Besides the fact it was already bloated from all the freaking water around it…. or the fact that the humans on the farm where so dumb to not realize that their loved ones were brainless undead and fed them their supplies led by an irrational doctor who should have known that they had no pulse therefore where not humans anymore….god i could go on forever…. how about the mawned lawns in the cities so everytime the camera is not on the zombies they do gardening or the fact that the survivors never run out of gas to present us the new hyundai whatever came out this year car?…..or the sudden total irrational death of Dale (that was because he was a close friend of the director Frank Darabont who was screwed over by AMC, the actual character dies much later in the comics) that just came out of nowhere. Or the plot convenient Sam Fisher Zombies that sometimes seem to be invisible to our characters…. I don’t say It’s a bad show but it could be a thousand times better if it was not led my moneygrubbing douchebags of AMC.

      3. Χριστίνα Αδάμ January 14, 2014 at 6:06 am

        It’s the most interesting show on tv 😉

        • Christoph Krause January 17, 2014 at 5:31 am

          So apperantly you don’t know many shows. How about Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad (ok it’s over now) or maybe Boardwalk Empire? I also would love to see a new Season of Masters of Horror. I like Zombies too, but It just lost the wow factor on me but if you like it sure enjoy it!

      4. Gewoon Lee January 14, 2014 at 10:16 am

        READ OR DIE TONIGHT AT 10:35 … … P.M .9 years ago …a person named jerry got dared to sleep in a house that was believed haunted. The .. Next day his friends waited for him outside the house…. ….. ….. …. They had to go inside and search for him. They went through every room exept the attic. He wasn’t supposed to sleep there. He was supposed to sleep in the living room they went to the attic. Hey saw Jerry’s corpse and they just left because they were scared. But that night they all died because of their friend. He killed them all for making him sleep in that house if you don’t send this to 11 comments you will die tonight by Jerry. Example 1: A man named Stewart read this and didn’t believe it. He shut off his computer and went through his day. That night while he was in bed he heard something outside of his door. He got up to look. And now he’s dead. Example 2: A girl named Haley Read this in the morning and she got scared but she didn’t send it. She wanted to now if it was true. She went to school (She was only 13 years old) and that night she died. If you don’t post this on 11 comments tonight jerry will ‘visit’ you his isn’t fake. Apparently, if you you copy and paste this to ten comments in the next ten minuets you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you brake this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minuets someone will say I love you or im sorry

        • Joshua Baird January 14, 2014 at 11:10 pm

          If I see a dead little girl in my room tonight I will come after you for making me read this dreck lol

      5. Rick Garcia January 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm

        Yeah, they’re going to call it “The Walking Daryl”.

        • Christoph Krause January 17, 2014 at 5:33 am

          the guy that is not even in the source material. Which not to say he is not an awesome character but still a bit unrealistic.

      6. Dulce Sanchez January 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm

        This is the best show dont twist the story i love it