As the second half of Season 4 of The Walking Dead is set to resume, new details regarding last year’s announcement of a Walking Dead spin-off have been released.
In a recent interview with Vulture, two of AMC’s top executives, Charlie Collier and Joel Stillerman, spoke on the state of the network’s current and future programming. Among their discussions was the The Walking Dead spin-off, which Stillerman had this to say:
“That show is not as far along. Robert [Kirkman] has some things on his plate. He continues to write every issue of the comic and hasn’t finished season four of The Walking Dead, which he is very intimately involved with and will continue to be. That’s really in the incubation stages.
We kicked around a few ideas, but primarily what he’s working on is, what is the idea that gives [him] as clear a mandate to make another version of this show as [he] had for the first one? What is going on [now] is a more philosophical discussion over why there should be another version of the show. Once we answer that, we’ll zero in on the specific creative. What we want to do is not diminish the mothership.
What we want to do is find something that everyone involved feels as passionately about as being a unique vehicle and unique enterprise as compared to the original series. We’ll take our time, and we’ll do it right.”
It’s nice to hear that AMC executives aren’t trying to make a second version of The Walking Dead in order to cash-out. Rather, they’re trying to determine what the basis of the new show would be and whether it’s really even worth creating. While I can almost guarantee the spin-off will happen (as long as The Walking Dead remains on of the highest rated television shows), the spin off has not officially been “green-lighted” by AMC. For now, we will have to wait and see whether the concept is good enough to justify a brand new rendition.