No Joke! While speaking during AMC’s recent The Walking Dead Holiday Special, the show’s executive producer, Scott M. Gimple, announced that a Walking Dead comedy spin-off is in the works.What would you call the new TWD comedy spin-off? The Wakka Wakka Wakka-ing Dead? Click To Tweet
Gimple Is Working on a ‘Straight’ Walking Dead Comedy
“We are working on a straight Walking Dead comedy right now,” Gimple said. “We’re not making fun of our world, but it’s just more of a comedic take on the world.”
At this point, there’s no word on if the comedy will be a mini-series, movie, comic, series of Christmas ornaments, or whatever, but we can’t help but cringe a little at the prospects.
OK, so Shaun of the Dead pulled off a zombie comedy, but other attempts at a horror/comedy mix haven’t always been so successful. Like Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, for example. Although Army of Darkness was pretty amazing, so there may be hope.
In addition to this comedy spin-off, we’ve also heard news of a planned movie trilogy starring Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), and another spin-off with Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) and Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier) premiering as soon as 2023. This series will be led by Angela Kang. On top of that, Gimple is also looking into starting an anthology series on AMC called Tales of the Walking Dead. Plus, we just had The Walking Dead: World Beyond premiere its first season in 2020. That’s a lot of worldbuilding in The Walking Dead universe.
The main series, The Walking Dead, is ending with Season 11 in 2022, and then all these new iterations will kick off.
Please, oh please don’t let The Daryl and Carol Comedy Hour be the comedy spin-off. Please.
The Mary Sue took the news about the comedy series one step further by projecting their favorite ideas for this comedy spin-off. Ideas include The Dixon Boys, a wacky southern drama ala Dukes of Hazzard with a Hillbilly Elegy twist; A Parks and Rec clone starring Keegan-Michael Key; and That’s So Negan, which co-stars that comedy genius Lucille the Bat.
How about you? What are your thoughts on a comedy spin-off for The Walking Dead? Are you excited for the name possibilities? The Laughing Dead? How about The Wakka Wakka Wakka-ing Dead?
I’ll see myself out.
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