Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comic and executive producer of its television adaptation, is bringing a new story to the small screen, but this one takes place before an apocalypse.
The series, called 5 Year, is based on an idea by Kirkman that centers on the five years before a deadly meteor strikes Earth. According to Deadline, Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment has partnered with Entertainment One for the series and will be giving the idea a uniquely international approach.
Deals for the series are already in place in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Latin America, Germany, Korea, China, Russia and India, with more on the way. The reason it's necessary to bring these global territories into the mix now is that Kirkman and Skybound are planning to make a different version of the series for each market.
Each 5 Year will take place over five seasons and will be set in a specific individual international location, with stories and characters from that country that are told in the country's language. So, while each version of the show will follow a common timeline, each series will be localized to its region.
"One of our biggest goals at Skybound is to elevate creators by offering them a platform to create compelling stories," said Kirkman. "Working on 5 Year is an exceptional experience because it gives us the opportunity to see how writers and directors across the world tell different stories with the same core ingredients. We’re excited to have eOne’s expertise in global storytelling for this project."
Entertainment One's Chief Strategy Officer, Film & TV, Peter Micelli also expressed his excitement about the upcoming project.
"We couldn’t possibly pass up the opportunity to work on a truly innovative project that blends multiple, local productions seamlessly into a story as it happens globally," said Micelli. "Robert’s talent for creating content universes and connecting with audiences through bold storytelling makes this partnership most exciting for us and we are thrilled to join forces with him and the Skybound team to bring a multi-level story like the 5 Year universe to audiences around the world."
In August 2017, Kirkman left AMC and signed an overall deal with Amazon, which included a first look agreement between Skybound and the streaming service.
Kirkman's most famous TV property, The Walking Dead, aired the fall finale for its ninth season on Sunday on AMC. It will return for the second half of the season on Feb. 10, 2019.