It's official: AMC announced on Friday that it has ordered a pilot episode of a companion series for "The Walking Dead."
The spin-off, as previously reported, will focus on how other people are coping with the zombie apocalypse. It will be executive-produced by "Dead" producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. Additionally, 'The Walking Dead' co-creator Dave Erickson will serve as showrunner.
"Almost from the beginning of 'The Walking Dead,' 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," said AMC President Charlie Collier in a statement. "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. ..."
In the same media release, Kirkman, who co-created the comic book series that inspired the show, said, "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."
AMC provided no details about the structure and/or setting of the show. The pilot is scheduled for production in late 2014.
So, fans, are you excited about the spin-off? Or do you dread more "Dead"? Share your thoughts.