The company will develop TV projects exclusively for Amazon Prime Video.
The e-commerce giant, which also makes clothing, tablets, television shows and pretty much anything else you can think of, has signed a deal with Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment, the entity behind the hit apocalyptic zombie shows "The Walking Dead" and "Fear The Walking Dead".
Kirkman and his longtime collaborator David Alpert will create new shows for Amazon Studios' expanded science fiction, fantasy and horror catalog.
"Robert is a gifted storyteller who shares our passion for elevated genre storytelling that pushes boundaries".
While AMC's The Walking Dead continues to be essentially the most profitable drama ever created for television, the station is going to be without the show's creator (for new projects, anyway) for at least the next two years. "Together, we plan to explore immersive worlds and bold ideas for Prime Video".
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Skybound is home to Kirkman's own comic books, including The Walking Dead, Invincible, Thief of Thieves and Outcast, as well as other titles like Manifest Destiny, Witch Doctor and Kill the Minotaur.
"At Skybound Entertainment we strive to tell the best stories in the most unique and creative ways in an effort to always break new ground".
Kirkman's Amazon Prime deal should have both comics and streaming fans alike excited, but we'll have to wait and see to find out what exactly comes out of the new partnership.
Kirkman is a big get for Amazon, which sources say has been making a push for genre fare that is said to be a top priority for the company's CEO Jeff Bezos.
The partnership with Kirkman came days after streaming rival Netflix acquired comic book publisher "MillarWorld" to bolster its own original offerings. He also serves as a consulting producer on the Talking Dead aftershow and executive produces the AMC series Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics.