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The Walking Dead resumes its fourth season in just a few weeks, but what about the planned Walking Dead spinoff, penned by Robert Kirkman? AMC executives Joel Stillerman and Charlie Collier provided an update on that project in a new interview with Vulture, stating that it’s “not as far along” as Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spinoff premiering in the fall.
“Robert has some things on his plate,” Stillerman said. “He continues to write every issue of the comic and hasn’t finished Season 4 of The Walking Dead, which he is very intimately involved with and will continue to be. That’s 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.”
“What we want to do is not diminish the mothership,” Collier added. “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.”
In the meantime, The Walking Dead returns on Feb. 9.