First Behind-the-Scenes Video of Fear the Walking Dead Distinguishes It from Parent Show
At this point, the biggest marketing hook Fear the Walking Dead has going for it is a connection to the massive success of its parent series. But in this first behind-the-scenes video, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and the producers of the spin-off are insistent that Fear the Walking Dead is completely distinct from The Walking Dead, in spite of that stupid title:
We don't get too much footage in this video, although there do seem to be snippets here and there. We do, however, get to see the sets and the beginnings of a zombie makeover, as well as hearing more about the series from the producers. Gale Ann Hurd claims that it's an "entirely new, original concept," which seems like a bit of an exaggeration, but everyone else seems to back her up. Kirkman claimed that the spin-off "tells its own story. You don't need to have watched The Walking Dead to understand Fear the Walking Dead." Showrunner Dave Erickson acknowledges that Walking Dead fans will watch the show with certain expectations, and that they "want to give them that sense [of The Walking Dead] and then pull the rug out from under them."
"'Fear the Walking Dead' takes us back to the earlier, more dangerous, more terrifying days of 'The Walking Dead,'" said Kirkman in a press release. "A time when danger was lurking around every corner and the thing mostly likely to get you killed was your own ignorance of the rapidly changing world around you. The stakes are going to be higher and the ride more intense. We're going to show people all the insanity of civilization crumbling that Rick Grimes slept through. Buckle up."
Fear the Walking Dead stars Kim Dickens (Gone Girl), Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Alycia Debnam-Carey (The 100), and Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange Is the New Black). The series premieres in late summer and, like The Walking Dead, will consist of six hourlong episodes.