Robert Kirkman, creator of the smash TV hit The Walking Dead, announced last week that he would be leaving AMC to create content for Amazon.
“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. A forward thinking company like Amazon is the perfect home for us,” Kirkman said in a press release, “Their new foray into genre fiction has us at peak optimism for what can be accomplished during this unprecedented partnership.”
Robert Kirkman will exclusively produce projects for Amazon
Through his company, Skybound Entertainment, Kirkman is set to produce projects exclusively for Amazon, joining Netflix’s acquisition of Millarworld and Disney’s creation of their own streaming system as big news for the world of online television. Though there has been no news about how—or if—this will affect The Walking Dead, it can be assumed that things will stay the same for now.
Through the deal, Kirkman will once again work with Sharon Tal Yguado, the former head of Fox International. She supervised the creation of the Walking Dead back when it was first getting underway, and is now acting as Amazon’s head of event series, focusing on science fiction and fantasy.
“Sharon Tal Yguado has been an instrumental force in the success of Walking Dead and Outcast from day one,” said Kirkman in the press release, “Being able to not only continue that relationship, but also expand it into new territory with the vast resources of Amazon, means great things are ahead for myself, David Alpert, Skybound and fans of awesome entertainment. Look out world, here we come!”
Amazon is reportedly making a big push for genre work such as sci fi and fantasy, making the Kirkman acquisition big news that could be a sign of things to come.