UPDATE (Monday, Mar. 30, 9:30 a.m. ET): During last night’s season finale of The Walking Dead, viewers got a first glimpse of the upcoming companion series, Fear the Walking Dead.
In the brief trailer, a news report warns the citizens of Los Angeles about a mysterious flu-like virus that’s sweeping through the populace, apparently the first stage of the zombie apocalypse. The final shot: a shambling, walker-like figure seen in a silhouette.
Fear the Walking Dead will debut in summer 2015. Take a look:
UPDATE (Friday, Mar. 27, 3:01 p.m.): The upcoming companion series now has a title: Fear the Walking Dead.
Exec producer Robert Kirkland broke the news on Twitter, advising fans to “expect more news soon.”;
IT’S OFFICIAL! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called FEAR THE WALKING DEAD! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead
— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015
Let’s hope zombies don’t mind a little rain, because the highly anticipated companion series to The Walking Dead will be shooting in Vancouver.
While The Walking Dead films in and around Atlanta, Georgia, a spokesperson for AMC confirmed to Britain’s Radio Times that production on the still-untitled sort-of spinoff “will be based in Vancouver with significant filming also occurring in Los Angeles.”;
While the network is keeping tight-lipped about storylines, producers have revealed that none of the characters from The Walking Dead will appear in this companion series, which will focus on a different group of survivors battling the same zombie apocalypse in a different locale, said to be L.A.
As Robert Kirkland (an exec producer on the show and creator on the comic books on which it’s based) told Entertainment Weekly, this new show “is not going to relate to the comics at all,” he revealed. “The new show is to expand that world and show another corner of the United States and what’s happening there.”;
Added Kirkland: “But I wouldn’t call it a ‘prequel’ because the entirety of the show is not going take place before [The Walking Dead]. It will eventually form a path running concurrently.”;
The new series stars Cliff Curtis (Gang Related) and Kim Dickens (Deadwood) as teachers in an L.A. high school who find themselves up to their elbows with voracious zombies. Filming is expected to begin next month.