Monday, March 7, 2022

AMC Orders 'The Walking Dead' Spinoff 'Isle of the Dead' Starring Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan

AMC is expanding The Walking Dead universe once more. Today, the cable network has given a series order to spinoff Isle of the Dead starring Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The first season will produce six episodes, which will debut in 2023.

The new drama will follow Maggie (Cohan) and Negan (Morgan) traveling into a post-apocalyptic Manhattan long ago cut off from the mainland. The crumbling city is filled with the dead and denizens who have made New York City their own world full of anarchy, danger, beauty and terror.

Eli Jorné - who has been a writer and co-executive producer on The Walking Dead for multiple seasons - will serve as showrunner. He will executive produce with Cohan, Morgan and Scott M. Gimple. AMC Studios will produce.

Isle of the Dead is the third spinoff of The Walking Dead set to debut in the next year. It joins anthology format Tales of the Walking Dead and an untitled spinoff starring Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride. The mothership will conclude later this year with its eleventh season.

"This is a very big day for the expanding universe we are building around The Walking Dead," said Dan McDermott, President of Entertainment, AMC Networks and AMC Studios. "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."

"Eli has created a chaotic, beautiful, grimy madhouse of the dead for Negan, Maggie, and fans of the show eager to discover an unseen and insane world of the TWD universe," added Gimple. "Lauren and Jeffrey have always been fantastic collaborators and now, we bring that collaboration to the next level with a series that will take these characters to their limits with the world - and each other. All of us are thrilled to take you on an all new, all different TWD epic for the ages."