The Walking Dead franchise is anything but dead at AMC. The channel has greenlit a new spin-off for the franchise, titled Tales of the Walking Dead, according to Deadline.
The series will be an anthology, with each episode being an hour-long story that will focus on both new and established characters set in the world of the original series. The original series has been airing since 2010, and it is set to end on its current eleventh season in 2022. The series spawned two spin-offs: Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond.
Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead writer-producer Channing Powell (White Collar) will return to helm Tales alongside Scott M. Gimple (Filmore!), the Chief Content Officer of the Walking Dead universe.
The initial season will consist of six episodes, and it is expected to go into production next year with a summer premiere planned for both AMC and AMC+.
“The Walking Dead is a show that made television history and attracted an army of passionate and highly engaged fans,” Dan McDermott, AMC Networks’ and AMC Studios’ President for Original Programming, told Deadline. “We see so much potential for a wide range of rich and compelling storytelling in this world, and the episodic anthology format of Tales of the Walking Dead will give us the flexibility to entertain existing fans and also offer an entry point for new viewers, especially on streaming platforms.”
McDermott also said that the series will have a format in the vein of The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror, and the backdrop of the world of The Walking Dead will make the show appealing to fans.
Fear the Walking Dead is currently airing its seventh season, and World Beyond is airing its second season. Another spin-off focusing on Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride is in the works as well.