As ‘The Walking Dead‘ is slowly ready to infect audiences with a fifth season, AMC has just announced that it has officially ordered a pilot for the new companion series. One thing that the comic book has never overly touched upon, and was only hinted at with the CDC episodes from the first season, was how the rest of the world has been dealing with the zombie apocalypse. Now we might finally have a chance to see what else is happening out there.

The show will be worked on by Robert Kirkman as well as ‘The Walking Dead’ producers Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert. The first episode is co-written by Kirkman as well as Dave Erickson, who is on board as both executive producer and showrunner. With this not really being a surprise, I’m happy to share that production for the series will begin late this year. Right now there is no news on casting which is said to be kept under wraps. We also don’t know if this will take place at a single location as the series is said to “focus on what’s going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world.” I’m curious if that means a specific area, a group a travelling survivors like Rick’s group, or multiple locations with separate story lines that have some way to communicate with one another.

According to Kirkman:

“There are many corners of ‘The Walking Dead’ universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill. I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new universe of ‘The Walking Dead,’ and I’m happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them.”

He also ended up joking that he’d love to see “space dragons” be at the center of the series, just to mess with the interviewer and fans… we hope.

When AMC president Charlie Collier announced the series he said:

“Almost from the beginning of The Walking Dead on AMC, fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world. In fact, beyond requests for zombie cameos, it’s the question I get asked the most. Obviously, we all take our stewardship of the original franchise incredibly seriously and we, along with Robert, Gale, David and now Dave, are all proceeding with extreme care in order to ensure that we are offering fans something truly compelling, engaging and distinct. We’re thrilled to be taking this next step with these remarkable partners.”

Are you looking forward to the new installment of ‘The Walking Dead’? What area or areas would you like to see it explore?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter