'The Walking Dead' Creator Robert Kirkman Is Leaving AMC for Amazon


Amazon inked an "overall deal" with the creator of The Walking Dead.

In what The Hollywood Reporter called "a stunning move", "The Walking Dead" comic book creator and TV series executive producer Robert Kirkman and his entertainment company Skybound Entertainment are exiting their overall deal with AMC "in favor of what is said to be a sizable two-year overall deal with Amazon Studios". Under the pact, Kirkman and Skybound will develop television projects for Prime Video.

Mr. Kirkman, whose comic books inspired "The Walking Dead", AMC's popular show about zombies, will remain attached to his existing shows at the cable network, a person familiar with the deal said. In fact, both The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead series are property of AMC. Tal Yguado joined Amazon in January as head of event series with a focus on science fiction, action, fantasy and horror series.

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Robert Kirkman: "At Skybound Entertainment we strive to tell the best stories in the most unique and creative ways in an effort to always break new ground. Together, we plan to explore immersive worlds and bold ideas for Prime Video". Kirkman's billion-dollar "The Walking Dead" franchise is the number one scripted drama in the key advertising demographic of adults ages 18 to 49. "A forward thinking company like Amazon is the ideal home for us".

I would love to see an Invincible TV series, personally, but that's already been optioned for a Universal Pictures film helmed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The company has global play Five Year; VR series GONEfor Samsung's Milk VR; VR horror series Lies Within for Delusion.

This also sounds reasonable because The Walking Dead is in alignment with those qualifications. Yguado, Kirkman and Alpert are reunited in what could be an exciting new genre venture for Amazon as it broadens its original programming out from more real world-based dramas and comedies like Transparent, Bosch, Mozart in the Jungle, Hand of God, Red Oaks, andThe Man in the High Castle. This is standard procedure for most networks. Moving into the digital content space, Skybound produced the first-ever narrative VR series, Gone, for Samsung's Milk VR platform and in 2017 will produce VR horror series Lies Within, which is the first project out of Skybound's partnership with interactive theatrical company Delusion.