The Walking Dead: Norman Reedus, AMC Studios Deal; Projects Announced

Here's hoping viewers won't be getting tired of The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus any time soon, because AMC definitely won't be. Coming off the news that he and TWD co-star Melissa McBride would be fronting a Darly/Carol spinoff series in 2023 after TWD ends its run after 11 seasons, Reedus has signed a first-look development deal with AMC Studios. The two-year agreement comes as the actor officially opens his own production company: bigbaldhead (based on exclusive Deadline Hollywood reporting). Brillstein Entertainment's JoAnne Colonna and former AMC Scripted Programming VP Amanda Verdon have been tapped to run the production company.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/AMC
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 9 – Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/AMC

It has been a dream of mine for so long to be able to share and tell progressive stories that shine a light where others don't," Reedus explained to DH. "I feel incredibly privileged for the opportunity to amplify innovative voices in storytelling that are visionary in fostering change in culture. I couldn't be happier to launch this company alongside AMC and Blackstone Publishing."

Reedus' bigbaldhead isn't wasting any time getting started, either. An adaptation of Aftershock Comics' Undone By Blood is already being lined up. Writers Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler, and Aftershock's Jon Kramer and Lee Kramer, are set to executive produce alongside Verdon and Colonna, with Reedus expected to star in the series in some capacity as well as executive produce. The actor's production company is also looking beyond the screen and to the printed/e-book stage, signing a deal with Blackstone Publishing that will kick off in Fall 2021 with the actor's "Unknown Man" book series, with Reedus selecting new books and authors on a wide variety of topics.

A look at the key art for The Walking Dead season 10 finale "A Certain Doom" (Image: AMC)
A look at the key art for TWD season 10 finale "A Certain Doom" (Image: AMC)

Here's how the immediate future of "'TWD October 2020" is shaping up: World Beyond premieres the same night as the tenth season "finale" of TWD makes it to our screens (Sunday, October 4, at 9 pm ET, followed by TWD: WB at 10 pm ET). Then the following week, FTWD starts up its sixth season (Sunday, October 11, at 9 pm ET, preceding TWD: WB)- and will resume production on the season in late August. And while there won't be Season 11 this year, production is expected to resume in October (with the tenth season getting 6 additional episodes, expected to air in early 2021).

The Walking Dead season 10, episode 16 "A Certain Doom": Beta engages the final battle of the Whisperer War. Directed by Greg Nicotero; with a story by  Jim Barnes, Eli Jorné, and Corey Reed, and teleplay by Reed.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond delves into a new mythology and story that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves and each other. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. But all of them will find the truths they seek.

Season six of Fear the Walking Dead explores what has become of the unlikely family once united by a mission to help those in need. After being torn apart by Virginia (Colby Minifie) and her Pioneers, the group is now dispersed across her far-reaching settlements. Morgan's (Lennie James) last message at the end of season five implored the group to "Live" and this season we'll see what that means to each of them. Some will find the stability and opportunity within Virginia's communities to be intriguing, some will sink into darkness, while others will fight back against what has been forced upon them. Life behind Virginia's walls will test each and every one of them in different ways, forcing them to define who they are in this new world.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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