The Walking Dead Franchise Expands with Third AMC Series


AMC has announced that there's a third series based on Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead in the works.

According to the press release from the channel, the series will focus on "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."

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The series will be co-created by Scott M. Gimple and Matt Negrete -- who is a writer and producer on The Walking Dead -- will serve as showrunner. The first season will consist of ten episodes and film in Virginia this summer. The series will premiere on AMC sometime in 2020.

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“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 President of Programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios David Madden. “Scott has been an invaluable leader for the Universe since taking on the role of chief content officer, with a distinct and innovative vision for the franchise. Likewise, we’re excited to have Matt, who has been a crucial part of The Walking Dead family for over five years and penned many memorable episodes of TWD, at the helm of this original series.”

It's unclear at this time how directly the series will connect to The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. It's also noteworthy that, although this will be the third series on broadcast television, there have been several web-only series.

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Premiering June 2 at 9 PM ET/8 PM CT on AMC, Fear the Walking Dead stars Lennie James, Colman Domingo, Alexa Nisenson, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Garret Dillahunt, Jenna Elfman, Austin Amelio and Karen David.

The Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Nadia Hilker, Dan Fogler, Angel Theory, Lauren Ridloff and Eleanor Matsuura. The series returns for its 10th season on AMC in October.


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