The pilot for an untitled The Walking Dead “companion series” is going before cameras this December, according to Entertainment Weekly. Featuring new characters and a new setting, the new show will focus on another corner of creator Robert Kirkman’s zombie universe.
The new series will bring on Kirkman and The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd, while Son of Anarchy‘s Dave Erickson will serve as showrunner. As for other The Walking Dead talent coming to the series – it sounds like Hurd and Kirkman are it. AMC’s looking for something new, not another series featuring Rick and his less-than-merry band of zombie apocalypse survivors in a different location.
So what can we expect from a second, standalone The Walking Dead series? Kirkman told the site, “There are many corners of The Walking Dead universe that remain unseen in the shadows,” which could either mean anything from Kirkman and Erickson exploring the plague in greater detail to seeing how non-civilian types have survived the apocalypse. We’ve only seen bits of the military and the government explored in the show, and it would be interesting if the series followed people trained to survive in circumstances that are almost impossible to survive.
Personally, I’m more curious about what the new setting will be. The woods and ruined cities of the American South have been find for The Walking Dead, but what if we got to see some of the more cramped metropolises of the Northeast? While shooting in someplace like New York or Philly would be prohibitively expensive, it’d be interesting to see some of the block-to-block battles survivors would have to endure in Times Square or the like.
In the meantime, the season five premiere of The Walking Dead is on October 12. Maybe that’ll offer some clues as to what we can expect from the companion series?*
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]