In a significant development, AMC Networks and SAG-AFTRA have struck a major deal that will keep The Walking Dead spinoffs, “Daryl Dixon” and “The Ones Who Live,” in production amidst an ongoing actors’ strike. The strike had led to the shutdown of various productions linked to the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers), including several spinoffs of The Walking Dead featuring key characters from the original series.
According to Deadline’s report, this agreement permits the production of “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon” Season 2 to continue filming, while “The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live” will complete its post-production work for a scheduled 2024 release. AMC’s “Interview with the Vampire” Season 2 is also included in this arrangement, although it doesn’t extend to other AMC productions.
Fans can look forward to the premiere of “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon” Season 1 on September 10, where Daryl embarks on adventures in France, expanding the ever-popular zombie universe. “The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live” will see the return of Rick and Michonne, delving deeper into the CRM, a formidable militarized group poised to become the franchise’s next major antagonists. Additionally, “Dead City” has been renewed for a second season, but production has yet to commence.
It’s worth noting that “Daryl Dixon” Season 2 had been confirmed in July, with filming already underway earlier in the year. The interruption caused by the SAG-AFTRA strike has prompted this deal, focusing primarily on completing Season 2. Similarly, “The Ones Who Live” faces uncertainty beyond its initial season, with no confirmation of further episodes.
This agreement underscores that some studios are willing to independently negotiate to resume production on specific projects during the strike. However, it’s important to mention that AMC is not part of the negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP, possibly contributing to their ability to secure this deal. The potential implications of this agreement on other studios within the AMPTP, not involved in strike negotiations, remain uncertain at this time.