You know what I like most about Robert Kirkman, the guy who created the “Walking Dead” comic book and is a producer/writer on the show version? The fact that whenever he talks about the original source material, he calls it a comic book and not a fancy “graphic novel”. Nowadays, Hollywood calls every single comic book a “graphic novel”, whether it’s actually one or not. I guess it makes the whole idea of associating themselves with — gasp! — comic books sound more palatable.
Anyhoo. All that is to say, AMC is so gung-ho about “The Walking Dead” as a ratings powerhouse (and why wouldn’t they be, the damn thing is, well, a ratings powerhouse) that they’ve decided to expand on the show with ANOTHER show.
Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer. We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.
After 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 couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe. The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.
Just to summarize: that’s a whole new show based around whole new characters set WITHIN the familiar “Walking Dead” universe that we’ve come to know and love for the past 3 years.
It’s actually a pretty damn brilliant idea, and with “Breaking Bad” set to leave AMC’s schedule this year, the network could certainly use another, as Collier puts it “no-brainer” ratings winner. It would also be really cool to see something completely new that wasn’t already revealed in the comics.
“The Walking Dead” Season 4 returns to the airwaves this October 13th. Check out a new poster for the upcoming season below.