Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment has teamed with the Asian TV network Viki to produce Five Year, a television series about a family coping with the impending crash of a meteor to Earth.
“This has been a story I have wanted to tell for quite some time, but [fellow Skybound co-founder David Alpert] and I wanted to make sure it found a proper home where it could grow and breathe creatively,” Kirkman told Deadline. “Looking at what Viki has done in not only the dramatic series space but transforming the way viewers consume and translate media, we knew immediately Five Year had found its home.”
The first 16-episode season will debut on Korean TV before going worldwide through Viki. Five seasons are anticipated, with each season taking place over the course of a year. Five Year will be the second original series from Viki, a Japanese-based company.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story, based on Deadline's article, incorrectly identified Five Year as based on a script Kirkman wrote prior to creating The Walking Dead.
RIVERDALE Adds CHERYL BLOSSOM
Having just cast two iconic characters in Archie Andrews and Josie McCoy, CW's Riverdale has now added actress Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom. Blossom is described as “a manipulative mean girl who kills with kindness, she recently lost her twin brother in a mysterious accident.”
Riverdale is a drama based on Archie Comics characters, that will focus on the "darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade." No premiere date has been set.
UNIVERSAL Debuts New KING KONG Ride
Universal Studios has unveiled the first image of their new King Kong themed ride, Kong: Skull Island, which will soon open at their Islands of Adventure theme park. The image depicts the massive gates that hold back King Kong in his home on the aforementioned Skull Island. The ride takes visitors on an expedition through Skull Island, encountering numerous creatures before finally confronting Kong himself.
The ride will help promote Legendary Pictures's upcoming film Kong: Skull Island, which is set for a March 10, 2017 release.