According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kirkman has signed an exclusive two-year deal with Amazon Studios in what he's calling "an unprecedented partnership", ending his time with The Walking Dead network #AMC.
Kirkman and his Skybound Entertainment will work on genre projects for Amazon Studios and Amazon Prime Video. Kirkman's billion-dollar "The Walking Dead" franchise is the number one scripted drama in the key advertising demographic of adults ages 18 to 49.
For now nothing should change for The Walking Dead or Fear The Walking Dead. On an worldwide scale, Kirkman is also developing five seasons of a pre-apocalyptic Korean drama called, "Five Year" that will air locally on Korean television and digital streamer Viki for the rest of the world. The company, co-founded by Kirkman's longtime collaborator Dave Alpert, has been busy ramping up a slate beyond AMC's The Walking Dead and prequel Fear the Walking Dead as well as Cinemax's Outcast. Additional Kirkman comics include Super Dinosaur, Battle Pope, Astounding Wolf-Man, and Thief of Thieves. Sharon Tal Yguado has been an instrumental force in the success of Walking Dead and Outcast from Day 1.
At this point, Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment properties contracted with AMC and other venues "will play out their current season-order contracts". How Will This Affect "The Walking Dead"?
Skybound is Kirkman's imprint at Walking Dead publisher Image Comics.
Earlier this week, Netflix revealed their acquisition of Mark Millar's Millarworld and Disney's announcement that they'll be pulling their content off Netflix for a new wholly-owned House of Mouse streaming platform, this deal is yet another sign of the shifting sands for the television landscape.
Cable TV ratings have been dropping steadily for over a year as people get rid of expensive cable TV subscriptions and move to online streaming services like Amazon Video, Hulu, and Netflix. This could be a big selling point with Amazon Prime and whatever future projects Kirkman has planned. Want us to produce and run your series? In features, Kirkman will produce Invincible based on his long-running comic book. Last month, Kirkman, along with Joe and Anthony Russo (Avengers: Infinity War) and Noah Hawley (Fargo and Legion) will develop a crime drama called The Mastermind for the FX Network.