Still smarting from the finale of ‘The Walking Dead’ Season Five? Well, it will be several long months until Season Six launches in October, but AMC realizes just how important this series, based on Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s best-selling comic book series set in a world overrun with flesh-craving zombies, is. So to tide fans over, the network is launching ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ late this summer, a six episode companion series set in the same world as ‘The Walking Dead’ but based in a new location, Los Angeles, with a brand new set of survivors– completely original, without a basis in the comic books.
The new show was created by Kirkman and ‘TWD’ writer Dave Erickson (who serves as the showrunner for this series), with input from the same production team as the parent series, including Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. AMC is so sure that ‘Fear TWD’ will be a hit with fans that the network ordered two seasons ahead of time, so expect at least a second set of shows in 2016. If the spinoff even comes close to being as successful as the first show, expect many more. (Even without Daryl Dixon.)
The pilot was shot in Los Angeles, the setting of the series, with the remaining five episodes filmed in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The show flashes backward in time and kicks off at the beginning of the startling zombie outbreak– a time period not actually shown on ‘TWD’, which began before the outbreak and then cut to afterward, when Rick woke up in the hospital.
This behind-the-scenes video gives you a brief look at the sets of ‘Fear TWD’ with the production crew, including Kirkman, Erickson, Hurd and the rest of the regulars stressing that this show will retain the overall feel of the original series, but will also have its own voice and perspective.
Take a peak below:
The cast isn’t shown, but the show stars Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis as employees at a school when the zombie apocalypse breaks out. Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey star as Curtis’ characters teenage children. Also cast are Elizabeth Rodriguez and Mercedes Masohn.
What do you think? Do you think this spinoff will be as good as the original? Or are you concerned that the franchise could become diluted? Comment below!