Just four days after Marc Millar’s Millarworld was bought by Netflix, comic creator Robert Kirkman, best known for his hit AMC show The Walking Dead, has signed a deal with Amazon Studios. His comic book imprint Skybound Entertainment has also signed a first-look deal with the streaming service, the Tracking Board can confirm.
This deal will allow Kirkman and Skybound to develop television shows specifically for Amazon’s Prime Video, and they’ll be overseen by Skybound Entertainment co-presidents, Bryan and Sean Furst.
Kirkman’s success in Hollywood has been nothing short of astounding, first with the success of The Walking Dead, which will premiere Season 8 on October 22, but also its spin-off series, Fear the Walking Dead, which is in the middle of its third season. Kirkman’s comic series, Outcast, was also developed into a Cinemax television series, which wrapped its second season earlier this summer. Kirkman still continues to write both comic book series on a monthly basis.
In the press release, Kirkman was quoted on the Amazon deal:
“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. 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. Sharon Tal Yguado has been an instrumental force in the success of ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Outcast’ from day one. Being able to not only continue that relationship, but also expand it into new territory with the vast resources of Amazon, means great things are ahead for myself, David Alpert, Skybound and fans of awesome entertainment. Look out world, here we come!”
Skybound Entertainment also has a number of projects in development through their two-year first look deal with Universal and just announced an expansion with Skybound North in Vancouver, which will be run by LucasFilm Animation’s Catherine Winder.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor