AMC has ordered a pilot that would follow another group of survivors trying to make their way in the same world that Rick Grimes, Darryl, Maggie and Tyrese are inhabiting.
EW reports that TWD executive producers Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and TWD creator Robert Kirkman are along for the ride and Dave Erickson (“Sons of Anarchy”) will be the showrunner.
If TWD/AMC status quo holds up, Erickson will depart over creative differences midway through the first season.
“There are many corners of The Walking Dead universe that remain unseen in the shadows,” Kirkman told IGN.com. “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.”
With the runaway success of TWD it’s kinda surprising it’s taken this long for AMC to try and milk more out of it and if the show is greenlit, it would make sense to run it while the Grimes-version TWD is on hiatus.
You can almost see AMC execs’ lighting up at the prospect of the inevitable crossover episode, can’t you?
What do you think? Excited about this news or worried that TWD is close to suffering from overexposure?