Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
The dead shall continue to walk on AMC.
In a report by The Hollywood Reporter, AMC has announced that they have renewed The Walking Dead for a ninth season. Currently in their eighth season and approaching their milestone 100th episode, the series has experienced a boom in popularity once again as it has moved to adapting on the comic’s most interesting storylines, All Out War.
In addition, AMC has also revealed that Scott Gimple will step down as showrunner and be promoted to Chief Content Officer. In this new role, Gimple will oversee The Walking Dead’s vast TV universe, including both the flagship and spinoff series, Fear the Walking Dead, as well as gaming and future brand extensions on a variety of platforms, among other areas.
In his place, writer/co-exec producer Angela Kang has been promoted to executive producer and showrunner. Kang has been with The Walking Dead since 2011, writing over 20 episodes of the show, including critically praised features like Still and Coda. Kang will take over as showrunner starting with season nine, which will premiere in late 2018.
In a statement, Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios had this to say:
“This is an enormously important day for the entire The Walking Dead television universe. We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction. Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott’s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe. Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before. I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play Dead.”
The news of Gimple’s promotion comes as comics creator Robert Kirkman surprised the industry when he exited his overall deal with AMC for a lucrative first-look pact with Amazon Studios. That deal means thatall new Kirkman shows will be for Amazon. The Amazon pact reunites Kirkman with Sharon Tal Yugado, who helped oversee The Walking Dead‘s massive global launch for then-Fox International Channels. Kirkman does remain involved with all things creative on The Walking Dead.
Scott Gimple also released a statement on his and Kang’s promotion:
“The Walking Dead is a special show which started in an entirely different era of TV, and continues, in this new era, to confidently take chances to tell compelling stories that excite audiences and make them deeply connect with its characters, adapting Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic book. As the show closes in on its 10th year, I’m honored to keep working with the talented, dedicated people behind and in front of the camera to make it all it can be, while expanding the world of The Walking Dead with new narratives like Fear the Walking Dead and a whole host of truly cool stories ahead. Angela is a big part of the heart and soul of The Walking Dead, and I’m thrilled to help facilitate her vision of the show’s next era.”
Finally, Angela Kang spoke on the behind the scenes changes for the show:
“I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with The Walking Dead. Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman’s amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me. I’m excited to continue working with Scott and the wonderfully supportive folks at AMC, and can’t wait to share the next chapter of the story with our fans next fall.”
The Walking Dead returns for the second half of season 8 on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 9 pm on AMC.