AceShowbiz - AMC isn't done with zombies. The network has announced that it has green-lit a third spin-off series of "The Walking Dead".
The planned series, which is still untitled, is set to begin production on a ten-episode season this summer in Virginia. "We're thrilled that the Dead will keep walking into a new corner of the post-apocalyptic world, a corner that will present stories and characters unlike any that 'The Walking Dead' has dramatized thus far, and that is bound to excite one of the most passionate fanbases in television," said David Madden, president of programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios.
The new series is set to "feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad."
Chief content officer Scott M. Gimple and "The Walking Dead" writer/producer Matt Negrete will serve as showrunner for the series, which eyes a 2020 premiere date. It remains to be seen whether the new spin-off will feature a crossover from "Fear the Walking Dead" or "The Waking Dead".
"Showing audiences an unseen pocket of 'The Walking Dead' universe steeped in a new mythology is a very cool way to celebrate a 'Decade of the Dead' on TV and over 15 years of Robert Kirkman's brilliant comic," added Gimple. "Matt Negrete is one of the best writer-producers in TWD's long history -- I'm thrilled to be working beside him to tell stories unlike we've seen before, taking our first step into an even larger world."
"I'm beyond excited to be a part of this new show set in 'The Walking Dead' Universe," said Negrete. "Writing and producing for the original series has been the job of a lifetime and I’m honored to be working with Scott and all the fine Dead folks at AMC in this new capacity. I can't wait for the fans of the franchise to see what we’ve been cooking up!"
The new series marks the third "The Walking Dead" series on the network. AMC previously debut "Fear the Walking Dead" in 2015, 5 years after the mothership series, which is adapted from Kirkman's comic series, premiered. The network is also developing a trilogy movie based on the series starring Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes.