Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan will return for the six-episode spinoff.
AMC has confirmed yet another spinoff of the zombie apocalypse drama The Walking Dead, this time featuring fan favorites Maggie and Negan. AMC Networks has greenlit the franchise's sixth scripted series, Isle of the Dead. Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan will return for the six-episode series. The two characters will be seen traveling into a post-apocalyptic Manhattan long ago cut off from the mainland. The crumbling city is filled with the dead and denizens who have made New York City their own world full of anarchy, danger, beauty, and terror. The show is expected to premiere in AMC and AMC Plus in 2023, according to Variety.
Another Walking Dead spin-off is in the works at AMC!— IGN (@IGN) March 7, 2022
Set to debut next year, Isle of the Dead will follow Negan and Maggie as they battle zombies in the Big Apple. https://t.co/K2ar9hh3aC pic.twitter.com/j1rxVM53gS
“This is a very big day for the expanding universe we are building around The Walking Dead,” said Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks. “It not only adds another compelling series to this collection, it extends our storytelling around two unforgettable characters fans have grown to love, hate or hate and then love in Maggie and Negan, brilliantly inhabited by Lauren and Jeffrey. It also lets us explore a corner of this universe located on the island of Manhattan, with an iconic skyline that takes on a very different meaning when viewed through the lens of a zombie apocalypse.”
Showrunner Eli Jorné a writer-producer of The Walking Dead and STARZ's Heels, will executive produce with Cohan and Morgan. “Eli has created a chaotic, beautiful, grimy madhouse of the dead for Negan, Maggie, and fans of the show eager to discover an unseen and insane world of the TWD Universe,” said Scott M. Gimple who will oversee the series as chief content officer of The Walking Dead universe. “Lauren and Jeffrey have always been fantastic collaborators and now, we bring that collaboration to the next level with a series that will take these characters to their limits with the world — and each other. All of us are thrilled to take you on an all new, all different TWD epic for the ages.”
Cohan joined The Walking Dead in season 2 and Morgan signed on as Negan in season 6. “I’m thrilled to partner with Dan McDermott and the team at AMC on the next chapter in The Walking Dead Universe,” Cohan said. “Maggie is very close to my heart and I’m excited to continue her journey against the iconic backdrop of New York City, alongside my friend and collaborator, Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Eli Jorné has created something incredibly special and I cannot wait for the fans to see what we have in store for Maggie and Negan.”