AMC's ratings monster "The Walking Dead" is about to get even larger.
The network has announced that it is working on a companion series to the zombie drama, once more teaming up with "Walking Dead" comics creator Robert Kirkman and executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert.
"Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer," AMC president and GM Charlie Collier said in a statement. "We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse."
Kirkman added: "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. 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."
"The Walking Dead," which has its Season Four return Oct. 13, is positioned to yet again eat up the ratings — a trend that creator Kirkman hopes will give it life well beyond the average drama.
"I think we'd be incredibly fortunate if we were one of those shows that got to go seven seasons," he told CNN earlier this year
. "I think that's a good possibility in our future, the way things are going. Hopefully, we'll make it there. At the same time, this is a very unique show. You never know. Personally, if I could wave a magic wand, I'd make it go 20 seasons. This is the kind of story that is exciting to watch these characters grown and change over time."
Check out a trailer for Season Four below.
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