It's been a busy week for streaming services, and Amazon is closing things out with a huge announcement: the company has closed an overall deal with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, along with signing a first-look agreement for his production company Skybound Entertainment. The new pact means that Skybound will be developing future projects exclusively for Amazon and that the online retail behemoth will have a first-look deal with Skybound. In 2010, The Walking Dead was developed into an AMC television series.
For now nothing should change for The Walking Dead or Fear The Walking Dead.
While this has often caused issues with other shows (such as the cancelation of Netflix's Sense8, or Adult Swim's Metalocalypse), it means that The Walking Dead doesn't have to finish just because Kirkman is gone. He is also executive producer of the AMC series Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics, and the pre-apocalyptic drama, Five Year, that is being developed for multiple territories including Germany, India, Brazil, and Italy. With frequent creative collaborator David Alpert in tow, The Walking Dead creator is all set to help push Amazon further into the realm of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror. The company has worldwide play Five Year; VR series GONEfor Samsung's Milk VR; VR horror series Lies Within for Delusion. Skybound Entertainment's interactive division works with partners including Telltale's The Walking Dead, Free Range Games' Labyrinth, Night School Studios' Oxenfree, Pipeworks' Superfight, and Overkill's The Walking Dead. The company now has a number of different film projects in development including properties for their two-year first look deal with Universal. Comic book titles published by Skybound include: The Walking Dead, Invincible, Outcast, Birthright, Green Valley, Horizon, and Demonic. Those projects will likely be part of the library of content available to subscribers of Amazon Prime.
Amazon has added a big name to its Prime streaming service's lineup.
I would love to see an Invincible TV series, personally, but that's already been optioned for a Universal Pictures film helmed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Last month, Kirkman, along with Joe and Anthony Russo (Avengers: Infinity War) and Noah Hawley (Fargo and Legion) will develop a crime drama called The Mastermind for the FX Network.style="text-align: center;"