Leaked Script Reveals 'The Walking Dead' Spinoff Is A New Take On The Zombie Crisis

Sorry, Rick Grimes. It looks like you're going to have to sit this one out.

"Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman previously said the "look and feel" of the new spinoff series would be "startlingly different," and now we know why. A purported leaked script, obtained by Bleeding Cool, shows that the spinoff will at least start in the early days of the zombie crisis. (Excerpts of the script were removed from Bleeding Cool at the request of Rainbow Media.)

The alleged script -- using the working title "Fear the Walking Dead" -- starts with the C.D.C. attempting to prove the "dead do not walk among us." The leaks seem to indicate that the world is not yet in the state of chaos it's in after Grimes wakes up from his coma in "Walking Dead," and everyone is unaware of the magnitude of what's going on.

Among other things, this take on the zombie crisis could potentially allow actor Noah Emmerich's character, Edwin Jenner, a C.D.C. doctor, to make a return. Emmerich told The Hollywood Reporter he'd be into reprising his role and that there's "definitely a lot more to find out about Dr. Jenner." Kirkman previously admitted to THR that destroying the C.D.C. in Season 1 of "Walking Dead" was his biggest regret from the series.

In regard to what you can definitely expect in the new spinoff, the "Walking Dead" creator told EW that the new series would take place in Los Angeles and "be a show about family." He added, “It is all new characters, all new events and all kinds of crazy stuff.”

"The Walking Dead" spinoff series is reportedly set to premiere later this year.

HuffPost Entertainment has reached out to AMC for comment and will update this post if and when one is received.



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