New York — AMC has announced that the network is in the initial stages of developing a companion series to its original drama series The Walking Dead, which premiered on AMC in October 2010. The Walking Dead is currently the No. 1 show on television among adults 18-49.

Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert will serve as executive producers, with AMC Studios set to produce. 

“Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager. “We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”

“After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe,” said Kirkman. “The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”