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‘Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman Leaves AMC for Amazon

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Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has booked plenty of gigs outside of AMC, but his newest move is bound to ruffle some feathers. Amazon has signed Kirkman to an exclusive overall deal for the next few years, along with Dead company Skybound Entertainment.

As announced by the streaming service, Amazon has closed an overall deal with Kirkman and a first-look deal with Skybound Entertainment to develop TV projects exclusively for Prime Video. Skybound Entertainment co-presidents Bryan and Sean Furst will oversee the Amazon slate with Kirkman and producing partner David Alpert.

Said Kirkman of the new deal, which follows his two-year overall pact with AMC (and lands an minor barb in the quote)

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. Their new foray into genre fiction has us at peak optimism for what can be accomplished during this unprecedented partnership. Sharon Tal Yguado has been an instrumental force in the success of Walking Dead and Outcast from day one. 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!

Kirkman also has a deal with Universal Pictures, and will next adapt his other flagship comic Invincible with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Outcast also has a second season order at Cinemax. It’s doubtful Kirkman’s deal has much impact on The Walking Dead itself, but stay tuned for the latest.

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