The Walking Dead has been renewed for a ninth season with a brand-new showrunner.
The AMC series will air the next season in late 2018, with writer and co-executive producer Angela Kang elevated to the role of showrunner.
Current showrunner Scott M Gimple has been promoted to the job of Chief Content Officer and will oversee the whole Walking Dead TV universe – which includes spin-off Fear The Walking Dead.
“This is an enormously important day for the entire The Walking Dead television universe,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios.
“We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction.
“Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognise Scott’s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe.
“Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before.”
Gimple added: “The Walking Dead is a special show which started in an entirely different era of TV, and continues, in this new era, to confidently take chances to tell compelling stories that excite audiences and make them deeply connect with its characters, adapting Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic book.
“As the show closes in on its tenth year, I’m honoured to keep working with the talented, dedicated people behind and in front of the camera to make it all it can be, while expanding the world of The Walking Dead with new narratives like Fear the Walking Dead and a whole host of truly cool stories ahead.”
He added: “Angela is a big part of the heart and soul of The Walking Dead, and I’m thrilled to help facilitate her vision of the show’s next era.”
Speaking of her new role, Kang said: “I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with The Walking Dead.
“Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman’s amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me.
“I’m excited to continue working with Scott and the wonderfully supportive folks at AMC, and can’t wait to share the next chapter of the story with our fans next fall.”
The Walking Dead is due to return for the second half of its eighth season on February 25 in the US on AMC and on Monday, February 26 on FOX UK.
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