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The Walking Dead to get spin-off series

The Walking Dead

Story by Jack Foley

THE Walking Dead is to get its own spin-off show, according to AMC.

Although plot details have yet to be revealed, the “companion” series will create a new corner of the Walking Dead universe and has a target date of 2015.

Robert Kirkman, executive producer of the series and the original comic book’s writer, commented: “After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe.

“The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”

Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager, added: “Building on the success of the most popular show on television is literally a no-brainer. We look forward to working with Robert [Kirkman], Gale [Anne Hurd] and Dave [Alpert] again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters.

“It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”

The Walking Dead originally started in 2010 with six episodes but has gone on to become one of the biggest TV shows of the moment. Its fourth season is due to commence next month in the US and the UK.

British actor Andrew Lincoln heads the cast as sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes, who wakes up from a coma to find he’s living in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies.

Fellow Brit David Morrissey is set to return as The Governor after a bloody end to series three in which he battled with Grimes.

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