Robert Kirkman Promises “Really Unique” Spinoff Of ‘The Walking Dead’

Fans of The Walking Dead franchise have been waiting impatiently for the newest installment–The Walking Dead: World Beyond–to air on AMC ever since the COVID-19 crisis delayed the show’s planned April premiere.

While no exact debut date has yet been announced–the best guess is later this year, possibly in the fall–Robert Kirkman, franchise creator and executive producer of World Beyond, recently shed some light on what to expect when the limited-event series hits the airwaves, as reported by comicbook.com.

“It’s going to be a really unique show that I’m very excited about,” Kirkman said, “and it’s going to premiere on a date later to be determined at this point.”

Kirkman added that the show–which is expected to consist of two 10-episode seasons–is “going to deal with a different type of character and, to a certain extent, a different type of world within the world of The Walking Dead.”

The show, he noted, will follow “a group of teenagers that have lived within a safe haven inside the world of The Walking Dead, and they’re now venturing out. So, we’re going to experience the world of The Walking Dead that we’re very familiar with through new eyes.”

According to the official synopsis, this show–the third in the franchise–is set in Nebraska a decade after the apocalypse and follows two sisters and two of their friends, “the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever–grown up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.”

The new series–created by Scott M. Gimple and Matthew Negrete (who will serve as showrunner)–will star Alexa Mansour (Hope), Aliyah Royale (Iris), Nicolas Cantu (Elton), Hal Cumpston (Silas), Annet Mahendru (Huck), Nico Tortorella (Felix) and Julia Ormond (Elizabeth).

The new installment is loosely based on the popular The Walking Dead comic book series from Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Addard that ran for 193 issues from 2003-2019, but the specific characters are not taken from the comic book.

Keep reading Horror News Network for more updates–including the premiere date–for The Walking Dead: World Beyond on AMC.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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