The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman continues branching out beyond the "walker family business" with his Skybound Entertainment striking a deal with Entertainment One (eOne) for new series 5 Year. Set during the five years leading up to a fatal meteor strike on the Earth, the original concept comes directly from Kirkman; with Skybound Entertainment and eOne co-producing, and eOne financing and distributing the series.
"One of our biggest goals at Skybound is to elevate creators by offering them a platform to create compelling stories. 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."
– Robert Kirkman
First reported exclusively by Deadline Hollywood, what will make this project particularly interesting is that 5 Year will have both a global and local approach to production. International deals already in place for Korea, the UK, Latin America, Germany, India Russia, China, and Italy for the five-season series (with the possibility of more…6 Year?). Skybound's goal is to "localize" the series so that versions ("franshises") of 5 Year will be customized for the specific market, with storylines, characters, and language home to that region. Each "local" series will be part of an overall timeline for the overarching series timeline.
"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 Peter Micelli, eOne's Chief Strategy Officer, Film & TV. "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," Micelli noted. "In Skybound, we have found a partner that shares our drive to create future-facing content with worldwide appeal that challenges conventions and spark imaginations."
– Peter Micelli, Chief Strategy Officer – Film & TV, eOne