Fear the Walking Dead debuts in the US next month and, at least at the start, will detail the first days of the outbreak in the heart of Los Angeles. In the original show, those early days were largely missed due to Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) being in a coma, so the new series looks to see how paranoia takes hold as the stakes become higher and people begin to realise the scale of the situation.
The SDD screening came with a simultaneous press release:
“Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson and the fantastic writers, producers, cast and crew responsible for bringing ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ to life have been hard at work creating an entirely distinct and compelling new series,” said Charlie Collier, AMC and SundanceTV president. “We join ‘Fear’ before the rise of the zombie apocalypse with an interesting family dynamic as its entry point. After years of planning, that we are now only six weeks from sharing ‘Fear’ with the world is truly exciting.”
“Anticipation around the world for ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ is reaching a crescendo and we are ecstatic about delivering the series to worldwide fans at the exact same time as the U.S.,” said Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC and Sundance Channel Global. “Whether you’re in Hong Kong, Madrid or São Paulo, AMC viewers will be able to join the journey and experience the start of the zombie apocalypse together.”
Fear the Walking Dead stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Mercedes Mason, Rubén Blades and Lorenzo James Henrie and begins on 23rd August at 9:00 on AMC in the USA...with a ninety-minute debut.
The premiere itself is expected to have a global simulcast, but a regular UK broadcast is to be scheduled shortly thereafter...