“WALKING DEAD” Spin-off, “COBALT”, Finds LeadMovies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
Well, it’s official: AMC is really going through with their WALKING DEAD spin-off, entitled THE WALKING DEAD: COBALT. While most details are being kept under wraps about the Robert Kirkman-developed series, Deadline reports that casting has begun on the pilot, which is to be directed by longtime TV veteran Adam Davidson.
Leading the series is noted character actor Cliff Curtis, known best to genre audiences for his roles in Danny Boyle’s SUNSHINE and Martin Scorsese’s BRINGING OUT THE DEAD, who will take the role of a “divorced teacher… who tries to do right by everyone in his life.” Still not cast is the role of his co-lead, a female guidance counselor, although recently actors Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey were cast as her children. Also still unknown is when the series may take place in Kirkman’s zombie outbreak timeline, though it’s been clear that the show will take place on another part of the country (or potentially world) and that there is little-to-no chance we’ll see Curtis’ divorced teacher run into the grizzly Rick Grimes.
As for the casting, this writer finds the move to be rather refreshing; not only is Curtis a damned good actor who has been waiting for a truly breakout role for quite some time, but to have a Maori man as the lead of a major television program will be a change of pace for the brand in general. As for the series, it’s still far too early to tell, but one hopes the show is more than a cash-in on popularity of THE WALKING DEAD. COBALT’s co-creator Dave Erickson currently has his MARCO POLO series debuting next week, and if that show lives up to its hype, perhaps there may be more to COBALT than those accustomed to WALKING DEAD may expect.