The news broke this morning that The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has signed an exclusive deal with Amazon for his Skybound Entertainment Properties. This is obviously huge news in the landscape of TV and streaming entertainment, as Kirkman is the man responsible for creating the entertainment juggernaut that is The Walking Dead. While The Walking Dead was a pretty big hit as a comic, it took some convincing for the show to eventually be created. You may be surprised to know it took over five years for the show to find a home. Of course, it ended up on AMC, and the rest is history. That history with AMC hasn’t always been smooth though and it may be why Kirkman has signed this latest deal. What does it mean for the properties currently appearing in the pages of the comics under the Skybound banner?
It appears that the current properties being produced based on Skybound comics will continue in their current homes for at least as long as their current contracts stipulate. In addition to The Walking Dead, this includes the Fear the Walking Dead spin off at AMC, Outcast on Cinemax, and the recently announced Invincible movie at Universal. All new projects will presumably find a home at Amazon as they have the right of first refusal.
It is intriguing to think of what other titles may spawn movies or series to be released on Amazon Prime. There have been a few very well loved comic book titles from Skybound that, despite having development deals, never seemed to get off the ground. Might this finally see movement? The fans of Thief of Thieves and Clone certainly hope so.
It is entirely possible that the first Skybound content we see on Amazon is something Kirkman has been saving for a special occasion. It could be an idea of his own for a comic that will translate well to the small screen or an idea from someone he has recruited. One thing is certain, based the quality of stories being produced by the Skybound imprint at Image Comics, Kirkman is a great judge of talent. Below is a list of current Skybound titles, any big screen or development details they have had in the past and their likelihood of appearing on Amazon Prime. I realize this is all pure speculation, but it sure is fun!
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