Warning: This article may contain spoilers for Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead.
Fans of The Walking Dead were treated to a recent interview with Robert Kirkman, the creator of both the comic books and film adaptation of The Walking Dead, as well as creator of the upcoming spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead. Although Kirkman won’t be taking the helm on Fear the Walking Dead, instead leaving that honor up to director Adam Davidson, he was able to delve deeper into the distinctive look that Fear the Walking Dead will take in distinguishing itself from the primary Walking Dead series.
How distinctive? According to Kirkman, Fear the Walking Dead will have an entirely new look and feel, going even as far as forsaking the standard 16mm film that has always been in use in filming The Walking Dead.
“From day one, one of the things that was most important to us was that Fear The Walking Dead should stand alone, story-wise, character-wise and taking place in its own corner of the universe. That extends to what our visual take on the show would be… Fear The Walking Dead is actually going to be shot digitally, so there’s going to be a very different feel to the show. It’s really exciting, and I can’t wait for people to see it.”
Robert also said that the Los Angeles setting will provide a more hectic locale and that, in turn, will lead to “cooler set pieces,” but he cautions fans not to expect a rivalry between the two Walking Dead shows, because that just isn’t the intention. Kirkman’s hope is that Fear the Walking Dead will stand on its own and compliment the primary Walking Dead series.
Mr. Kirkman was also asked about the limited series events, like the upcoming revival of The X-Files, and the Walking Dead mastermind seems to find the idea intriguing, suggesting the idea of a Walking Dead special event wouldn’t be entirely out of the realm of possibility.
“It’s important to note that AMC and the producers didn’t rush to capitalize on the success of The Walking Dead until we were going towards our sixth season. We’re not going to be focused on too many different things right now. So let’s see how Fear The Walking Dead goes first and then we’ll have nine spin-offs, and that’ll be great.”
In other Fear the Walking Dead news, Deadline reported that Sandrine Holt has been added to the cast in a recurring role capacity. Ms. Holt will play Dr. Bethany Exner, who has been described as “a confident and skilled doctor.” Ms. Holt joins Fear the Walking Dead’s expanding cast, which includes Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam Carey.
Fear the Walking Dead will premiere in August.
[Featured image: Robert Kirkman courtesy of Rick Kern/Getty Images for Samsung]