Paramount wants to expand the Transformers film series with interconnected spin-offs in addition to more direct sequels. Not long ago the exec producing team made up of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura chose producer/screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to head up a “brain trust” in order to get story ideas set for that film series.
Now Goldsman and the team have made deals with a set of writers, and you’ll recognize quite a few of the names. For one, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is in there. But what may be most notable is the name not on the list at all. Read More »
There are lots of comic book writers who know story. Men and women who weave exciting, layered, multi-dimensional tales across various books. However, very, very few of them are currently doing that in another medium. One who does is Robert Kirkman. The writer and creator of The Walking Dead comic is also an executive producer on the super popular TV show of the same name. It’s a show that, after several successful seasons, is adding a companion series which will expand the franchise.
With that expertise in comic book writing, TV producing and now franchise expansion, Kirkman is a very interesting person to discuss the current movie trend of comic book shared universes. In particular, he thinks the way Marvel slowly rolled out their films was surprising and well-done. On the other hand, he feels Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is going to be fighting “an uphill battle” with the intense pressure on it to launch a universe that hasn’t even been blessed by audiences yet.
Read and discuss Kirkman’s Batman v Superman thoughts below. Read More »
The Walking Dead is such a big hit for AMC, it’s kind of surprising it’s taken so long for the channel to branch out with it. Sure they have merchandise, the original comic books, webisodes, and the Talking Dead. Now the network has finally announced it will be attempting a spinoff. A pilot episode has just been ordered for a Walking Dead companion series.
The problem is, they won’t announce what it’s about. Dave Erickson will be the executive producer and showrunner, as he co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert from The Walking Dead will also executive produce. And they say the show will give fans an opportunity to explore “what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world.” But that’s pretty much it. Read the full press release about the Walking Dead companion series below. Read More »
After becoming a fan favorite on AMC’s horror hit The Walking Dead, it was only a matter of time before Norman Reedus hit the big screen in a big way. Turns out, it’ll happen with the help of the man who made him a star in the first place.
Reedus is joining Djimon Hounsou in a sci-fi thriller called Air, which will be produced by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. Christian Cantamessa, who co-wrote Red Dead Redemption and GTA: San Andreas for Rockstar, will make his directorial debut from a script he co-wrote with Chris Pasetto.
Read the high concept idea behind Air below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
AMC was pretty light on specifics when they first announced plans for a The Walking Dead spinoff. All they said at the time was that it would hone in on “a new corner of The Walking Dead universe” with “an entirely new story and cast of characters.” And while they have yet to confirm any new details, the unofficial word going around is that the new show could be a prequel. Hit the jump to read about what that might look like.
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Briefly: Despite the fact that no show seems to garner more “why am I still watching this?” comments every week than The Walking Dead, the fact is people are still watching it. Loads of them. 16.1 million people tuned in to the recent season four premiere, which is a record number for any basic cable show, and the showing in the key 18-49 demographic was particularly good.
And so the thing has been renewed for a fifth season, which was all but inevitable at this point. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
Better call… Robert Kirkman? As Breaking Bad fans speculate about the developing spinoff series Better Call Saul, AMC has announced a companion show for another of its biggest hits, The Walking Dead.
The as yet unnamed scripted series will follow the zombie apocalypse from another perspective, following a fresh set of characters in a brand-new plotline. Like the original show, the new drama will be based on Kirkman’s long-running comic series. Hit the jump for more details. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
If there’s one shade I associate with AMC’s The Walking Dead, it’s red — as in the color of all that stomach-turning blood and gore. But perhaps that’s only because I haven’t read Robert Kirkman‘s comic, which is illustrated in stark black and white. And starting in February, older episodes of the series will be presented the same way. Get ready to revisit the early days of the zombie apocalypse, only this time without color. More info after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
The Bluth family’s historic bad luck with relationships is apparently following them into the new season — bad for them, probably, but great for comedy and therefore great for us. After the jump:
- Lucille 2 and Egg will return to Arrested Development
- Terra Nova invites fans to choose their own ending
- Terry Brooks‘ Shannara series is heading to television
- Check out a video tour of the Walking Dead prison
- See American Horror Story teaser nos. 15, 16, and 17
- Fringe‘s series finale will air in February 2013; see a PSA
- See photos from Community‘s Hunger Games homage
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The third annual Hero Complex Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is as star studded as ever. Taking place from May 18-21 at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14, this year’s line up goes from zombies, to cult classics, animation and superheroes. It all begins with Zack Snyder and Robert Kirkman presenting Dawn of the Dead followed by Edgar Wright and Shaun of the Dead. Saturday starts with a digitally remastered version of RoboCop with Peter Weller, A Clockwork Orange with a Malcolm McDowell Q&A and finally the hugely underrated Super with star Rainn Wilson. Then on Sunday, Andrew Stanton will present the Oscar-winning WALL-E, Nathan Fillion will present Serenity and finally there will be ‘An Evening With Stan Lee,’ which will feature a screening that is yet to be announced.
After the jump, find out how you can get tickets and more. Read More »