THE WALKING DEAD Spin-Off TV Series Announced, All-New Characters

What's harder to kill - a flesh-eating zombie or a TV cash cow? AMC doesn't have to do either, as it's spinning-off its hit series The Walking Dead with a second new, original TV series.

Set in the world of the series based closely on Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book (celebrating its 10 anniversary) but featuring all-new characters, the series will be executive produced by Kirkman as well as series EPs Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert, and is aiming for a 2015 debut. Kirkman said the all-new, original aspect of the new series is the key to its creative appeal.

“After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn't be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe,” said Kirkman in a press release. “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, said it's "an entirely new story and cast of characters," and that the decision was a pun-filled "no-brainer."

The comic book this world stemmed from premiered ten years ago. As part of the anniversary celebration, Kirkman and his artist Charlie Adlard are speeding up, shipping twice a month for a storyline called "All out War." This further expansion of the world of The Walking Dead has also been seen in video games, where the critically lauded adventure game of the same name from Telltale Games brought brand-new characters front-and-center (and a sequel is on the way).

The fourth season of ratings-record-breaking The Walking Dead begins in October.

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