MOVIE NEWS – Are you ready for more stories from the world of The Walking Dead? Today, AMC Networks officially greenlit a third spin-off of the series, titled Tales of the Walking Dead, premiere next summer.
Directed by screenwriter and producer of The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead, Channing Powell, the first season of six episodes will go into production early next year, before opening both AMC and the streaming service AMC + in the USA In Spain, we will most likely see it at AMC. Unlike those other two series, or The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Tales of the Walking Dead will feature hour-long standalone episodes that will focus on both new and established characters from the TWD universe.
“The Walking Dead is a series that made television history and attracted an army of passionate and highly engaged fans,” said Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios, in a statement. “We see a lot of potential for a wide range of rich and compelling stories in this world, and Tales of the Walking Dead’s episodic anthology format will give us the flexibility to entertain existing fans and also offer an entry point for new viewers. Especially on streaming platforms. We’ve seen the appeal of this format in TV classics like The Twilight Zone and, more recently, Black Mirror, and we’re excited to engage with fans in this new way, against the backdrop of this unique and compelling world. ”
Although comparing yourself to The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror is an arduous task, there are endless possibilities with the hundreds of characters that have been introduced in the previous three series over the last decade. And with some of the most prominent episodes of those prior series going back in time to show us the origins of the characters, despite the fatigue of the franchise, there is a lot of potential in these next episodes.
“This series, more than any other in The Walking Dead universe, draws on new voices, perspectives and ideas, bringing different stories to life than we’ve told before,” said Scott M. Gimple, director of content for the universe. from The Walking Dead. “I am delighted to be Channing’s consigliere, helping in whatever way I can to bring these new visions to life for the best fans on television.”
Powell added: “I started as a fan of The Walking Dead and ended up as the showrunner of what we hope will be one of their most unique spin-offs. It’s crazy, and I’m so grateful to AMC and Scott for supporting my writers and me as we pushed, pulled and punctured the limits of this universe to bring you something new and unexpected. At the same time, we hope to continue serving what the audience loved so much from the main series.”
The question, of course, is what unique voices will be incorporated. Will Tales of the Walking Dead be as daring (and divisive) as, say, the recent Star Wars: Visions from Disney +? Or will it be more secure? Not to mention which characters from the past might return to fill in the gaps from their lost years.
With The Walking Dead wrapping up its storied run next year, and World Beyond wrapping up its second (and final) season right now, there’s a gap in the universe that could be filled with some fresh and exciting storytelling.