For years many wondered what the early days of the zombie outbreak looked like on The Walking Dead before creator Robert Kirkman and AMC teamed up to create Fear the Walking Dead. Now, Kirkman is taking a somewhat similar approach to that idea of global chaos with a brand new pre-apocalyptic series called 5 Year. The series will find Kirkman and his company Skybound Entertainment pairing up with Entertainment One to co-produce the series with eOne handling the financing and distribution.
According to Deadline, 5 Year would follow “the final five years before a fatal meteor hits the Earth.” The series had initially been announced in 2016 as an exclusively Korean drama, but now Kirkman and his team have decided to make 5 Year a trailblazing world-wide venture. With deals already in place in Korea, UK, Latin America, Germany, India, Russia, China, and Italy, the plan is to have 5 Year customized to each market with both the narrative and characters set in that specific region. Meaning that it would be in that nation’s language and would fit into the overall series timeline.
The series will mark a truly inventive and game-changing way to tell a story and it’s something that Entertainment One knew they had to be involved in, especially with a visionary like Kirkman at the helm.
In addition to Kirkman, Skybound’s David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst will all executive produce. Kirkman has had a huge presence in the world of television since his comic book series The Walking Dead was turned into the record-breaking AMC series for which he also serves as EP. He also had a series on Cinemax called Outcast, which centered around demonic possession. It was recently canceled after two seasons. In addition, last year, Kirkman signed an overall deal with Amazon to create original content.
What do you think about Kirkman’s new venture? The Walking Dead returns to AMC on February 10th!