WALKING DEAD Creator Robert Kirkman is Developing a New Series Set Five Years Before a Meteor Hits Earth
The creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, has a new project that he’s developing called 5 Year. The story is set up to be produced by Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment and Entertainment One.
The series is said to be set during “the final five years before a fatal meteor hits the Earth.” This is an interesting premise that will center on the world preparing for impact. That’s actually kind of frightening to think about. That would not be a fun situation to be thrust into. The report goes on to say:
If you think that pre-apocalyptic notion sounds a bit like the David Bowie tune from 1972’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album or even Arthur C. Clarke’s The Hammer of God novel, you’d be right. But unlike those works, Kirkman’s idea has a much more global and simultaneously localized approach within its premise.
The story for the series will play out over the course of five seasons. I assume that each of the seasons will focus on one year before the meteor hits. Kirkman had this to say in a statement:
“One of our biggest goals at Skybound is to elevate creators by offering them a platform to create compelling stories. Working on 5 Year is an exceptional experience because it gives us the opportunity to see how writers and directors across the world tell different stories with the same core ingredients. We’re excited to have eOne’s expertise in global storytelling for this project.”
Peter Micelli, eOne’s Chief Strategy Officer, Film & TV added:
“We couldn’t possibly pass up the opportunity to work on a truly innovative project that blends multiple, local productions seamlessly into a story as it happens globally. Robert’s talent for creating content universes and connecting with audiences through bold storytelling makes this partnership most exciting for us and we are thrilled to join forces with him and the Skybound team to bring a multi-level story like the 5 Year universe to audiences around the world. In Skybound, we have found a partner that shares our drive to create future-facing content with worldwide appeal that challenges conventions and spark imaginations.”
What do you think of the concept of this new show that Kirkman is working on? Does it sound like a series that you’d be interested in watching?