More and more extras will be dying to get on TV as zombie mania lumbers forward. ‘The Walking Dead’ series paved the way for pedestrian efforts like ‘The Loonies’ and ‘Suck and Moan,’ as well as higher profile projects such as ‘In The Flesh.’ Nobody is getting tired of zombies and more and more money is being thrown at them so that the dead may continue living. When I say “nobody” I mean AMC more than everybody else. With the ground-breaking success of their comic book adaptation by Robert Kirkman, it looks like the network that once relied on “Classic Movies” is closer to going all walkers, all the time. How close? How about a zombie-TV-show-spinoff close? What do you guys think? Are we just retreading well-worn territory? Reading on is a no-brainer.
TWD regulars like Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert will serve as producers for the new spin-off. Very little else is told to us except it was planned from the start as existing in the ‘Walking Dead’ universe, just with different characters. But we still have lots of questions! Let’s see if snippets from the official press release from AMC Studios has answers:
“Almost from the beginning of ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC, fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world. In fact, beyond requests for zombie cameos, it’s the question I get asked the most. Obviously, we all take our stewardship of the original franchise incredibly seriously and we, along with Robert, Gale, David and now Dave [Erickson as showrunner], are all proceeding with extreme care in order to ensure that we are offering fans something truly compelling, engaging and distinct. We’re thrilled to be taking this next step with these remarkable partners.”
Okay, so AMC President Charlie Collier makes it sound like they’re doing this because the fans demanded it. I would also spin it like that. I have no idea what “zombie cameos” are though. Did George Clooney show up as a dead man and I missed it?
“There are many corners of ‘The Walking Dead’ universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill. I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new universe of ‘The Walking Dead,’ and I’m happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them.”
That’s Kirkman, and it sounds like he wants to tell different stories with different characters. I don’t blame him. A writer gotta write. As long as we finally get the hell out of Atlanta, let’s do it.
“I’ve been fortunate to have collaborated with both Robert and AMC on past projects and I’m thrilled to join them again, along with Gale and David, to build upon ‘The Walking Dead’s’ already epic narrative,” said Erickson.
Nothing to see here. I’d say the same thing if somebody offered me a job.
“The pilot is scheduled for production in late 2014. No additional details are being provided about the location and/or casting for the pilot at this time.
The highly-anticipated fifth season of “The Walking Dead” returns to AMC on October 12. “The Walking Dead” is based on the comic book series created and written by Robert Kirkman and published by Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics.”
What we have here is an intriguing situation. Not only do we get more zombie action on the boob tube, but the know-it-all’s who think they’re hot shit because they read the comics have to shut up. This isn’t adapted from anything, it’s just flat out original teleplay. Great idea! It doesn’t look like we’re tiring from zombie overload – hell we can’t get enough of the bastards! More zombies on TV, run by the people who hooked us on TWD in the first place. And they’re free to run wild with it because there’s no source material to adhere to. No young Carl to have to write for, acting like his voice isn’t getting deeper every season. No “Kill Daryl And We Riot” threats to scare the writers. It’s a blank slate. May as well smear bloody intestines on the damn thing.
Here’s the trailer for the ‘Zombieland’ TV pilot. They also tried to capitalize on the success of a previous winner (a movie, in this case) and failed miserably. Think this new “walking dead” series is a good idea, or might it suffer the same fate from rehash-itis? Because you know what they say…NEVER go full retread. Or something like that…
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