The Walking Dead creator will bring some of his comics-to-TV magic to Amazon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kirkman and the online retail giant/streaming service have struck a two-year overall deal. Kirkman will develop programs exclusively for Amazon Prime’s streaming service while his Skybound Entertainment will enjoy a first look deal at Amazon for any projects it develops without Kirkman.
The news surprised many in the industry as Skybound and Kirkman seemed to have a cozy place at AMC, the cable outlet home of The Walking Dead and its spinoff Fear The Walking Dead. But deals expire and partners can become restless, even if their current projects are successful. Also, one imagines Amazon offered an attractive amount of money and creative freedom.
“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,” Kirkman said in a statement. “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.”
While The Walking Dead shows will remain at AMC and Outcast will remain on Cinemax, Kirkman has a number of comic book titles in his portfolio that have yet to make the leap to serialized live-action drama. Titles like Battle Pope and Invincible are waiting to be adapted. And you can assume Kirkman has a notebook of ideas he’s yet to explore thanks to a hectic, albeit lucrative, schedule.
And as a fan of Skybound’s Superfight, a game show based on the Jack Dire card game wouldn’t be the craziest idea ever pitched.