This morning, AMC officially announced that they have greenlit production on a third The Walking Dead series set in the same universe as the current two shows. No details as to a story were announced, only that it would be produced and distributed by AMC Studios, and that it will begin production on ten episodes this summer in Virginia and premiere on AMC in 2020. It will be an original drama co-created by Scott M. Gimple, who is the chief content officer of The Walking Dead universe, and Matt Negrete, who has been a writer and producer on The Walking Dead and will serve as showrunner for this new series. We have some quotes below released by the company on the new series. What do you think about AMC adding a third show to the universe?
"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 David Madden, president of programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. "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."
"On the heels of an incredible ninth season of The Walking Dead and as we approach an anticipated new season of Fear the Walking Dead on June 2, this is an exciting moment for the Dead franchise, which continues to thrive in a highly competitive environment," said Sarah Barnett, president of the entertainment networks group for AMC Networks. "We are thankful to be working with some of the best creatives in the business to expand this Universe in new and exciting ways for our fans."
"Showing audiences an unseen pocket of The Walking Dead Universe steeped in a new mythology is a very cool way to celebrate a 'Decade of the Dead' on TV and over fifteen years of Robert Kirkman's brilliant comic," said Gimple. "Matt Negrete is one of the best writer-producers in TWD's long history — I'm thrilled to be working beside him to tell stories unlike we've seen before, taking our first step into an even larger world."
"I'm beyond excited to be a part of this new show set in The Walking Dead Universe," said Negrete. "Writing and producing for the original series has been the job of a lifetime and I'm honored to be working with Scott and all the fine Dead folks at AMC in this new capacity. I can't wait for the fans of the franchise to see what we've been cooking up!"
The Walking Dead will return for season 10 on AMC, and Fear The Walking Dead Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 will premiere on Sunday June 2nd 2019 on AMC.