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Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman calls spinoff show startlingly different

01.16.2015

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AMC's Walking Dead spinoff show, currently labeled Cobalt, is aiming to premiere sometime this year so filming is gearing up to start shooting in just a few days. The story itself will follow that of divorced teacher (Cliff Curtis) and his two kids trying to survive the Walker apocalypse in Los Angeles, alongside a guidance counselor (Kim Dickens) that he's in a relationship with. Creator of the comic and producer on the series, Robert Kirkman, recently opened up about the new show and his expectations for it.

Robert Kirkman on Cobalt:

I will say that this is going to be a show about family. But it’s going to be a show about a different type of family that we haven’t explored in The Walking Dead thus far. So what we’re trying to do with The Walking Dead spinoff is keep the story as familiar as possible for people that love The Walking Dead, so you’ll get the kind of things that you expect from a Walking Dead story. But, at the same time, we’ll want to tell these stories in a completely different way with completely different people in a completely different setting that’s going to make for a fundamentally different show. I think the look and feel of The Walking Dead spinoff is going to be startlingly different.

How Cobalt will relate to The Walking Dead:

We want it to be a new show that can stand on its own. You could watch The Walking Dead spinoff if you’ve never watched an episode of The Walking Dead and get a really great, rich, fulfilling experience out of it. It has to be a show that can stand on its own. I think that’s what we’ve accomplished, and we start filming in a couple of days. I’m really excited.

Regarding the location of Cobalt:

It’s Los Angeles. It’s a corner of the world that we have never explored in the comic book series. So, theoretically, something like this could be happening in Los Angeles in the comic book series, but we don’t show you this area of the country in the comic book series. So it fits within that world, but it is all new characters, all new events and all kinds of crazy stuff.

Kirkman attributes the different look and feel to Adam Davidson, who will be directing the pilot to Cobalt. Given that Davidson hasn't directed any previous episodes of The Walking Dead, this will lend the spinoff a different vibe. At the very least, I'm rather excited about the fact it's important that this show will stand on its own two feet. Here's hoping we have a very different experience in store for us come later this year.

The Walking Dead: Cobalt is set to premier sometime in 2015.

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9:19AM on 01/19/2015
Been watching TWD from day one...but I'll be the first to say the show is still very hit and miss. Every season delivers a top notch episode or two...entertainment wise...as good as anything Game of Thrones delivers...but that shows delivers top class entertainment consistently...TWD doesn't - to many episodes are just...well, 'that was okay, I guess'. I'm a zombie fan and will stick with it...just because...and well...those one or two episodes that hit the nail on the head are always special
Been watching TWD from day one...but I'll be the first to say the show is still very hit and miss. Every season delivers a top notch episode or two...entertainment wise...as good as anything Game of Thrones delivers...but that shows delivers top class entertainment consistently...TWD doesn't - to many episodes are just...well, 'that was okay, I guess'. I'm a zombie fan and will stick with it...just because...and well...those one or two episodes that hit the nail on the head are always special episodes...but I seriously think they need to make TWD better before considering a spin off - you know, the way Arrow has done it.
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10:02AM on 01/18/2015
Not liking the LA location. And he says corner of the world like it's an obscure locale no one has ever seen. I would've liked a lesser known city or country.
Not liking the LA location. And he says corner of the world like it's an obscure locale no one has ever seen. I would've liked a lesser known city or country.
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9:17AM on 01/18/2015
Why America again it would be more interesting if they based the spinoff in a different country
Why America again it would be more interesting if they based the spinoff in a different country
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10:05PM on 01/17/2015
I hope they can capture the magic that made The Walking Dead season 1 pretty awesome.
I hope they can capture the magic that made The Walking Dead season 1 pretty awesome.
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8:42PM on 01/16/2015

Lame.....

Seriously, who cares? The original show has already jumped the shark. They've stopped telling original stories, the characters make idiotic choices to further the plot, and they simply kill off familiar characters as a substitute for good writing. Now we're going to get another version of the same thing (having to recycle ideas that are already being recycled by the original?

Couldn't care less.....
Seriously, who cares? The original show has already jumped the shark. They've stopped telling original stories, the characters make idiotic choices to further the plot, and they simply kill off familiar characters as a substitute for good writing. Now we're going to get another version of the same thing (having to recycle ideas that are already being recycled by the original?

Couldn't care less.....
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4:26PM on 01/16/2015
I hope they can deliver something great with this show. But I just don't see the necessity of it. What are they really going to explore that the Walking Dead hasn't? We've had mothers/fathers in that show who lose a kid. We've seen the lengths that parents will go to to protect their children. Walking Dead keeps everyone in a static location for the bulk of their seasons. I just don't see how basing it around a family presents anything different than what's in the original. I'll reserve
I hope they can deliver something great with this show. But I just don't see the necessity of it. What are they really going to explore that the Walking Dead hasn't? We've had mothers/fathers in that show who lose a kid. We've seen the lengths that parents will go to to protect their children. Walking Dead keeps everyone in a static location for the bulk of their seasons. I just don't see how basing it around a family presents anything different than what's in the original. I'll reserve final judgment until I see the pilot, but right now this show is not really up there on expectations.
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2:49PM on 01/16/2015

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2:33PM on 01/16/2015
I just hope we have characters that we care about unlike the Walking Dead now where most of the characters are terrible and uninteresting.
I just hope we have characters that we care about unlike the Walking Dead now where most of the characters are terrible and uninteresting.
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3:32PM on 01/16/2015
Really? Wow I couldn't disagree more
Really? Wow I couldn't disagree more
3:40PM on 01/16/2015
My 2 cents:
Ric, Darryl, Carol, Mischone, Abraham are cool.
the others are getting a bit whatever for me. I still kind of like Glenn and Carl is so so.
the others are just kind of there.
Tyrese was really good when he first showed up, now not so much.

they need to clean house a bit.
My 2 cents:
Ric, Darryl, Carol, Mischone, Abraham are cool.
the others are getting a bit whatever for me. I still kind of like Glenn and Carl is so so.
the others are just kind of there.
Tyrese was really good when he first showed up, now not so much.

they need to clean house a bit.
9:01PM on 01/16/2015
soloist and i rarely agree but yea....he is spot on on this one. Walking Dead is just an average show that happens to have zombies in it. It constantly straddles the line of Greatness but never crosses over into it. there are only 3 worthwhile episodes per s eason, the premiere, the midseason finale and the finale. Because something ACTUALLY happens in it. However stuff only happens in it to get the ratings up for the first or last episode of the season.,
soloist and i rarely agree but yea....he is spot on on this one. Walking Dead is just an average show that happens to have zombies in it. It constantly straddles the line of Greatness but never crosses over into it. there are only 3 worthwhile episodes per s eason, the premiere, the midseason finale and the finale. Because something ACTUALLY happens in it. However stuff only happens in it to get the ratings up for the first or last episode of the season.,
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