Dave Erickson is stepping down from his showrunner role after the upcoming third season of the Fear the Walking Dead TV show on AMC. While he’s retaining his executive producer credit on The Walking Dead spin-off series, Erickson is making the move in order to develop new projects, as part of his overall deal with AMC.
A zombie drama exploring the beginning of the undead apocalypse, Fear the Walking Dead stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Lorenzo James Henrie, Rubén Blades, Mercedes Mason, and Colman Domingo. Buffy veteran Emma Caulfield is joining the new installment in a still unknown capacity. Fear the Walking Dead season three will premiere on AMC, this summer.
Variety published statements on Erickson’s move from both AMC boss Joel Stillerman, and Erickson, himself.
“We’re beyond grateful for Dave’s amazing work on the first three seasons of ‘Fear the Walking Dead.’ With Dave as showrunner, the series fulfilled its creative promise to expand the ‘Walking Dead’ universe in a way that was totally unique from the original series, and has gone on to become the number two drama series in ad-supported cable, behind only ‘The Walking Dead,’ said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “We are also incredibly excited that Dave has chosen to stay in the AMC family to pursue his next passion project. We look forward to many more successful collaborations.”[…]
“I have truly enjoyed working with the writers and directors, cast and crew on ‘Fear’ and am so proud of what we have accomplished over our first two seasons,” Erickson said. “I look forward to completing work on season three, sharing it with the fans and developing new projects with my partners at AMC.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of the Fear the Walking Dead TV series? Are you concerned it could be cancelled after Erickson’s departure?