Robert Kirkman Leaves AMC For Amazon

Under the two-year pact Robert Kirkman and his Skybound Entertainment will develop genre projects for the retail giant and streamer

It's been a busy week for streaming services, and Amazon is closing things out with a huge announcement: the company has closed an overall deal with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, along with signing a first-look agreement for his production company Skybound Entertainment. These signal a change in the company's once smaller ambitions, and show that Kirkman's committed to making Skybound - and his comics - bigger than ever. Kirkman and Skybound, the parties behind The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and Outcast, will develop television projects to debut exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

That said, Yguado does hold Robert Kirkman in high regard when it comes to recognizing his creativity as being boundless in his projects via Skybound.

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"Robert is a gifted storyteller who shares our passion for elevated genre storytelling that pushes boundaries", said Sharon Tal Yguado, Amazon's head of event series, in a statement. "Together, we plan to explore immersive worlds and bold ideas for Prime Video".

He is also cited saying that Skybound is looking out for the "most unique and creative ways in an effort to always break new ground". Kirkman said he believes Amazon will be the ideal home for his future efforts. The company is responsible for horror-drama series Outcast, as well as as a number of other media-related projects (including a couple of The Walking Dead games). In fact, both The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead series are property of AMC. This, in turn, should help Kirkman's marriage to Amazon run a little smoother than it might have otherwise. However, he will still be producing film content with Universal Pictures. Additional Kirkman comics include Super Dinosaur, Battle Pope, Astounding Wolf-Man, and Thief of Thieves.

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This also sounds reasonable because The Walking Dead is in alignment with those qualifications. This could be a big selling point with Amazon Prime and whatever future projects Kirkman has planned.

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.

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News of the Skybound/Amazon deal broke in The Hollywood Reporter this morning. He's also producing Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Invincible, a movie based on his long-running comic book.

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