According to Deadline, the creator of the Walking Dead Robert Kirkman has just signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios and “Under the pact, Kirkman and Skybound will develop television projects for Prime Video. Skybound’s co-presidents of film and television, Bryan and Sean Furst, will oversee the Amazon projects in conjunction with Kirkman and Alpert.”
Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Event Series, at Amazon Studios praised Kirkman, calling him “…a gifted storyteller who shares our passion for elevated genre storytelling that pushes boundaries. Robert and the team at Skybound are some of the most innovative and fearless creatives in the business. Together, we plan to explore immersive worlds and bold ideas for Prime Video.”
Kirkman called Amazon “A forward thinking company” and that “it is the perfect home for us. Sharon Tal Yguado has been an instrumental force in the success of Walking Dead and Outcast from day one. Being able to not only continue that relationship, but also expand it into new territory with the vast resources of Amazon, means great things are ahead for myself, David Alpert, Skybound and fans of awesome entertainment.”
The deal with Kirkman and Skybound is part of the mad scramble for content and intellectual properties by existing streaming services. Earlier this week, Disney announced that it would be removing their content from Netflix, with an eye on starting their own streaming service. As of today, Netflix and Disney appear to be negotiating further, particularly over Netflix’s successful Marvel series such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
Yesterday, Netflix purchased fellow comic creator Mark Millar’s ‘Millarverse’ properties with hopes of developing his vast catalog of comic series into television series and/or films (especially if they lose the aforementioned Marvel series).
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