WASHINGTON, June 29, 2015 — Robert Kirkman’s and AMC’s spinoff of the wildly successful “The Walking Dead,” “Fear The Walking Dead,” is scheduled to premier in August, 2015. We know very little about it beyond that it is set in Los Angeles, prior to the epidemic and the action in “The Walking Dead.”
“The Walking Dead” started with Rick awaking in the hospital to find the world changed and his family gone. The question of—if not how—when the Zombie contagion started should be answered by the six episode mini season that spins off of the hit series, “The Walking Dead,” which enters its sixth season this fall.
The series will feature new characters and story lines that will follow the zombie outbreak and society’s breakdown before we meet the Rick Grimes Gang. The series stars Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens (pictured), Frank Dillane (Tom Riddle from “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”) and Alycia Debnam Carey. The show is executive produced by Kirkman and his “Walking Dead” team, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert.
Dave Erickson will exec produce and serve as showrunner. Erickson and Kirkman co-created and co-wrote the pilot.
“Fear The Walking Dead” takes place in the very earliest days of the zombie apocalypse, a time during which society has not quite figured out what has happened and Zombies are treated as victims of an unknown contagion. The show attempts to answer one question that Walking Dead fans have been asking: How?
The government and the CDC work hard to deny rumors of the dead walking. We follow two Los Angeles families, the Tompkins and the Cabreras, who are trying to understand what is happening and how they will survive in a world where the dead walk. With the series being set in Los Angeles, “Fear The Dead” might give a lot of Hollywood stars the chance to “be the dead.”
Creator Kirkman has said that the Walking Dead spinoff, while starting as a prequel, will catch up with the current series. At SXSW, he gave some insight into “Fear the Walking Dead” and noted that the series will be a sort of prequel to “The Walking Dead”:
“The timeline is taking place a little bit earlier than the original show,” he explained. “Rick Grimes woke up from a coma and was like, ‘Oh, man, zombies, weird!’ We’re going to possibly see that unfold a little more in the other show. But I wouldn’t call it ‘prequel’ because the entirety of the show is not going take place before [The Walking Dead]. It will eventually form a path running concurrently.”
“Fear” was handed a straight-to-series two-season order. Season one is set to premiere this summer with six episodes. Season two is slated for 2016.
“We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC,” executive producer and comic book creator Robert Kirkman said, in an earlier statement. “I personally take it as a sign that they believe, like we do, that we’ve accomplished our goal of developing something original that can pay tribute to the original show and expand the world I created while at the same time having something new to say with this story.
“I’m very grateful that we now have the opportunity to tell this amazing story and show the fans that we really haven’t scratched the surface yet when it comes to ‘The Walking Dead.’”
“Fear The Walking Dead” character descriptions include:
Sean Cabrera: A Latino male in his early 40s. Sean is a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.
Cody Cabrera: Sean’s whip-smart and rebellious teenage son. Known as the angriest kid in town.
Nancy Tompkins: A thirty-something single mom with two kids. Nancy looks like the girl next door, but there’s an edge to her.
Nick Tompkins: Nancy’s screwed-up teenage son. He’s too old to stay home, too scared to flee.
Ashley Tompkins: Nancy’s mostly levelheaded teenage daughter. Her ambition is in direct proportion to her older brother’s failures. She loves her mom, but it’s time to get out of Dodge.
Andrea Chapman: A somewhat wilted flower child, forty-something. Andrea retreated to the outskirts of the city to recover after a horrible marriage.
As CommDigiNews has for the last five seasons of “The Walking Dead,” we will be live chatting “Fear The Walking Dead” with fans.
For now we have two brief teaser videos:
Plus this cool poster unveiled at Comi-Con:
News that HULU has acquired rights to streaming AMC shows, including Fear The Walking Dead, is nothing to get truly excited over, but watch this clip to see some snippets of scenes from the upcoming apocalyptic drama.