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AMC Updates "Walking Dead" Spin-Off Progress

By Garth Franklin Sunday January 12th 2014 06:39PM

Though announced a few months back, not much further information has come to light about the proposed spin-off series based on AMC's "The Walking Dead" and the Robert Kirkman comic which spawned it.

Over the weekend, two AMC executives spoke with Vulture about the project and say the series is still in very early development, and nowhere near as as far along as the "Breaking Bad" spin-off series "Better Call Saul" which will debut next Fall. Programming head Joel Stillerman says:

"Robert has some things on his plate. He continues to write every issue of the comic and hasn't finished season four of The Walking Dead, which he is very intimately involved with and will continue to be.

That [the spin-off] is really in the incubation stages. The one thing that I'll share is just an anecdote that Robert shared with us. He has such a specific vision that he laid out really clearly in the first issue of the comic book. And I encourage anybody who's interested in the show to go read the note that he wrote in the first issue of the comic.

His motivation for telling that story was so clear and so powerful, and it served as such a great north star for the show. We kicked around a few ideas, but primarily what he's working on is, what is the idea that gives [him] as clear a mandate to make another version of this show as [he] had for the first one?

What is going on [now] is a more philosophical discussion over why there should be another version of the show. Once we answer that, we'll zero in on the specific creative."

Network chief Charlie Collier adds:

"What we want to do is not diminish the mothership. What we want to do is find something that everyone involved feels as passionately about as being a unique vehicle and unique enterprise as compared to the original series. We'll take our time, and we'll do it right."

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