The Walking Dead franchise is showing no signs of slowing down.
AMC has handed a ten-episode order to a third live-action TV series set in the post-apocalyptic world.
The follow-up to Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead is co-created Scott M. Gimple and longtime The Walking Dead writer Matt Negrete has landed a ten episode order.
According to AMC the series will “feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.”
The series does not have an official title, but we do know that it will enter production in the summer for a 2020 debut.
Negrete is also on board as showrunner.
"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 Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic,” said Gimple in a statement.
“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.”
“We’re thrilled that the Dead will keep walking into a new corner of the post-apocalyptic world, a corner that will present stories and characters unlike any that The Walking Dead has dramatized thus far, and that is bound to excite one of the most passionate fanbases in television,” said David Madden, AMC’s head of programming.
Gimple has previously been open about expanding the franchise, so ordering a third series was not out of the question.
The franchise is also about to enter the world of movies. The cabler recently announced a trilogy of movies fronted by Andrew Lincoln, who bowed out of The Walking Dead in 2018.
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