AMC announced this week it has given a greenlight for a six-episode series of Isle Of The Dead, a spinoff from The Walking Dead.

Isle Of The Dead

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohan will lead Isle Of The Dead which will be set in New York City and will follow Morgan’s character Negan and Cohan’s character Maggie as they head for Meridian, the town Maggie lived in after the apocalypse began.

Morgan, who joined the series in Season 6 as the villain Negan from the comics, said:

“I’m delighted that Negan and Maggie’s journey continues. It’s been such a ride walking in Negan’s shoes, I’m beyond excited to continue his journey in New York City with Lauren. Walkers in an urban setting has always been such a cool image, but 5th Avenue, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty? The greatest city in the world?? The backdrop is amazing, but it’s the story that Eli Jorné cooked up that is even better.”

“Buckle up folks, Isle of the Dead is going to reinvent the TWD Universe. Huge thank you to Dan McDermott, Scott Gimple and AMC for having us back for more… we simply can’t wait.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eli Jorné, who wrote The Walking Dead for several seasons and served as a co-executive producer on the program as well, will be the showrunner for the new show.

Dan McDermott, who serves as the president of Entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks, told how excited the network was about the upcoming show. He said:

“This is a very big day for the expanding universe we are building around The Walking Dead.”

“It not only adds another compelling series to this collection, it extends our storytelling around two unforgettable characters fans have grown to love, hate or hate and then love in Maggie and Negan, brilliantly inhabited by Lauren and Jeffrey.”

“It also lets us explore a corner of this universe located on the island of Manhattan, with an iconic skyline that takes on a very different meaning when viewed through the lens of a zombie apocalypse.”

Based on the comic series of the same name, The Walking Dead follows the story of a group of survivors in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.

The series began airing on AMC in 2010 and has routinely been one of the network’s highest viewed shows. Isle Of The Dead will be the fifth spinoff of The Walking Dead.

In 2015, the first spinoff set in the universe, Fear The Walking Dead, premiered and was recently announced to be getting a season 8.

The second spinoff, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, aired its final season last year after being originally planned to only have two seasons.

This year is set to see the premiere of a third spinoff, an anthology series called Tales Of The Walking Dead.

Isle Of The Dead

The fourth spinoff is a currently untitled spinoff focusing on the characters of Daryl and Carol, played by Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride, respectively, that is expected to premiere in 2023 along with Isle Of The Dead.

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