Details are sparse regarding The Walking Dead spinoff, but we do get an update from creator Robert Kirkman as well as AMC executives.
At the recent Image Comics Expo, Kirkman said that he is working on the pilot episode for the spinoff, and offered he isn’t the showrunner for the new series. He also added that people are going to be very excited by it.
Joel Stillerman, AMC head of programming, and Charlie Collier, network chief, offer similar sentiments in that the The Walking Dead spinoff is not that far along as well and says it’s not 100% greenlit.
Stillerman: 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.
Stillerman: It’s in development.
Collier: 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.