Robert Kirkman’s New Amazon Series Isn’t Anything Like ‘The Walking Dead’

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Robert Kirkman | Joe Scarnici/Stringer/Getty Images

It seems like everyone is starting to make plans beyond The Walking Dead. Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, and Danai Gurira are reportedly leaving the show soon. Now it looks like the comic book writer who came up with the show’s adapted story is starting to move on from AMC, which is probably smart given recent changes.

Robert Kirkman’s Invincible was picked up straight-to-series by Amazon, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show will be very different from The Walking Dead given it is an animated drama. The show is an adaptation of another one of Kirkman’s comic books.

The limited eight-episode series tells the story of teenage Mark Grayson, who gets superpowers and learns from his father, Omni-Man, the most powerful superhero on Earth. Kirkman will be a showrunner on the series. David Alpert, an executive producer on The Walking Dead, and Catherine Winder, will serve as co-showrunners.

This series will also avoid The Walking Dead’s problem, which worked from an unfinished original book series. Invincible already published the entirety of its 144 issues. Chances are there will still be differences between books and the television show. But there should be more certainty by creators and fans of where things are headed.

Seth Rogen at the Summer TCA at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

Seth Rogen at the Summer TCAs in 2017 | Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

Invincible is also getting the movie treatment. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will direct a movie based on the comic book back in 2017. Kirkman said the book’s “surprising, edgy, shocking, and oftentimes blood-soaked story couldn’t be in more capable hands” according to IGN.

Since then Goldberg has talked about their plans for the movie. “We’ve come up with some conventions that I think will make it a more cinematic experience that fits in the timeframe more,” he said according to Mashable. “But we’re not reinventing the wheel here, we’re not going to massively change Invincible. The core story of that comic and the core characters are what makes it great.

So depending on each project’s release date, the other will likely face comparisons to it. These adaptations are hardly the only thing on Kirkman’s to-do list. He continues to work with AMC on The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. Then there is, even more, to come from Kirkman’s other work.

Invincible won’t be the only Kirkman project to be on Amazon. This is only part of his big deal with the platform, according to IGN. This deal means Kirkman will develop TV shows exclusively with Amazon’s Prime Video platform. There is also a first-look deal between Amazon and Kirkman’s company, Skybound Entertainment.

Robert is a gifted storyteller who shares our passion for elevated genre storytelling that pushes boundaries,” Tal Yguado, head of event series said according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Robert and the team at Skybound are some of the most innovative and fearless creatives in the business. Together, we plan to explore immersive worlds and bold ideas for Prime Video.”

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