The Walking Dead fans can rest in the comfort that there will be life after the death of the popular post-apocalyptic series.

AMC Networks announced that it has greenlit a new incarnation of the mega-popular zombie series starring popular apparently surviving characters, Negan and Maggie, from the original series that is/was scheduled to conclude this season.

The new series called “Isle of the Dead” will be based in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan that has been long cut-off from the surrounding Tri-State Area.

In the story, the horrific former metropolis is now home to both walking corpses and a remnant of survivors who have tried to adjust their lives and surroundings to the ever-threatening dangers of a world of perpetual corruption. (So what else is new?)

In announcing the series, AMC said The Walking Dead and other series in The Walking Dead Universe continue to be top titles on the AMC+ streaming service, both in terms of usage and new subscriber acquisitions.

Now, continuing on in both OTT and traditional pay-TV heaven, the new Isle of the Dead will premiere on AMC+ and AMC in 2023, with the first season due to commence with six episodes, the network announced.

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The network said Eli Jorné, who has been a writer and co-executive producer on The Walking Dead for multiple seasons and has an overall deal with AMC Studios, will be showrunner and executive producer on the series. Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer of The Walking Dead Universe, will over see the production.

Actors Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan will continue on in the roles of Maggie and Negan, while also serving as executive producers.

“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.”

“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,” added Gimple. “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.”

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By Greg Tarr

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