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'The Walking Dead' franchise gets third series greenlit that will focus on first generation to come of age in zombie apocalypse

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The zombie apocalypse is spreading. 

A third TV series in "The Walking Dead" universe has been greenlit, AMC announced Monday. Production on 10 episodes of the original drama, slated to premiere in 2020 on the channel, will start this summer in Virginia.

The upcoming show follows "The Walking Dead," the post-apocalyptic horror series based on the comic books of the same name by Robert Kirkman, and its companion series, "Fear the Walking Dead."

It'll center on two young female protagonists "and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it," AMC stated in a release. "Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever."

The drama series is co-created by Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer of "The Walking Dead" universe, and Matt Negrete, a writer and producer on the original show for the past five seasons. Negrete will serve as showrunner of the new series.
"We're thrilled that the Dead will keep walking into a new corner of the post-apocalyptic world, a corner that will present stories and characters unlike any that 'The Walking Dead' has dramatized thus far," David Madden, president of programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios, said in a statement.

Season 9 of "The Walking Dead" wrapped on March 31, and Season 5 of "Fear the Walking Dead" premieres June 2.

"The Walking Dead" series debuted back in 2010.

"Matt Negrete is one of the best writer-producers in TWD's long history — I'm thrilled to be working beside him to tell stories unlike we've seen before, taking our first step into an even larger world," Gimple said. 

AMC is also planning three films tied to the franchise.

Andrew Lincoln, who played the lead character in "The Walking Dead," Rick Grimes, until he left the show in Season 9, is set to star in the films that will follow Rick on his new adventures since being separated from the rest of his group. Production on those films begins this year.

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