Robert Kirkman, the creator of “The Walking Dead,” has explored various adaptations of his works. It includes turning his superhero comic “Invincible” into an adult animated series for Prime Video. And, creating the children’s animated series “Super Dinosaur” inspired by his all-ages comic book. With “The Walking Dead” comic concluding in 2019 after 193 issues and the live-action TV series wrapping up after 11 seasons in 2022, Kirkman has considered the possibility of an animated adaptation that more closely follows the source material.
The Walking Dead Creator On the Animated Project
Robert Kirkman expressed his interest in a faithful animated adaptation of “The Walking Dead” in response to a fan’s letter in The Walking Dead Deluxe #79, a colorized reprint series. However, Kirkman acknowledged uncertainty about AMC’s interest and appetite for such an animated project.
“I think it would be a lot of fun to do a faithful animated adaptation, but I don’t know AMC’s appetite for such things.”
In 2010, AMC experimented with animation by releasing an eight-minute “fully-animated” motion comic that adapted 13 pages from the first issue of “The Walking Dead” #1, created by Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore. Additionally, the network explored comic-style animation in an animated segment featured in the webisode series “The Walking Dead: Red Machete.”
Regarding the live-action side of AMC’s Walking Dead Universe, Robert Kirkman mentioned that he is heavily involved in the future of “Invincible” and, as a result, is too occupied to contribute to writing the network’s “The Walking Dead” spinoffs. It’s worth noting that Kirkman has not scripted an episode since season 5.
“I’m very happy with where the show ended up. I think [showrunner] Angela Kang did a great job on the final seasons,” Kirkman wrote in the letters column. “I think every show has a wave of expectations that builds and builds up to its conclusion, and it’s very hard to navigate that wave as you reach the end, but Angela handled things really well. The parts of the show that were always most exciting to me are the parts that didn’t follow the comic closely.”