'Walking Dead' spinoff: AMC announces the program will debut in 2015(Read article summary)
The 'Walking Dead' spin-off will include the original show's creators and producers. Here's what we know so far about the 'Walking Dead' spin-off.
Entertainment brands are no longer being built lengthwise â theyâre being built widthwise. In a post-AvengersÂ world, extending a franchise through sequels, prequels, interquels or other time-bending techniques isnât sufficient; audiences of today want unique worlds to fully immerse themselves in â the bigger, the better.
Marvel superheroes and their universe have given rise to expansion plans for the DC Superhero,Â Star Wars andÂ Harry PotterÂ universes â even television has been following the strategy, with AMC widening theirÂ Breaking BadÂ franchise into theÂ Better Call SaulÂ spinoff series; and now more world will be added to the networkâs flagship series,Â The Walking Dead.Â
AMC made the announcement that it will produce a Walking DeadÂ companionÂ series with a 2015 air date in mind; serving on the show as executive producers areÂ Walking DeadÂ creator Robert Kirkman and show producers Glae Anne Hurd and David Alpert.
Kirkman had the following to say about the new show (of which details are scant at the moment):
âAfter 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldnât be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of âThe Walking Deadâ universe,â said Kirkman. âThe opportunity to make a show that isnât tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.â
Along with the rise of the âfranchise universeâ model has come the inevitable cynicism that âuniverse buildingâ is actually just a euphemism for âcash-grabbing.â In the case of aÂ Breaking BadÂ spinoff itâs easy to see why someone might feel sour about such a focused and self-contained character drama being transformed into a franchise universe; however,Â Walking DeadÂ is a different creature, entirely.
The goal of Robert Kirkman was always to create a zombpocalypse saga that is long-lasting and widespread, so really the comic series (and subsequently the show) comes with inherent potential for a much larger universe to be explored. There are infinite number of characters, storylines and perspectives that could be configured into a marketable show; the caveat being that the showrunners will have to be able to find a distinctly new thematic and character drama hook, other than survivors trying to deal with the toll of survival on a zombified earth. Weâve seen that before.Â Judging from Kirkmanâs words, however, something new and fresh is indeed the intention.
Personally speaking, I was one of those viewers who was wholly engrossed whenÂ LostÂ ran its âTailiesâ mini-arc in the second season. The switch in perspective and introduction of new characters â different and intriguing characters â set within a familiar world, was an overall fun experience. (In fact, I still consider it a misstep that the showrunners ultimately negated the entire âTailies Sagaâ by systematically killing those characters off.)
Thatâs all to say: There is plenty of potential for the zombpocalypse to offer us more compelling TV drama â at least in my opinion.
Kofi Outlaw blogs at Screen Rant.