UPDATE: ‘The Walking Dead’ spinoff focused on Rick and Michonne won’t shoot in metro Atlanta after all

AMC originally was going to split the shoot of a “Walking Dead” spinoff featuring two major key characters, Rick and Michonne, between New Jersey and Atlanta.

Productionlist.com, a website that tracks TV and film series worldwide, said the spin-off will be called “The Walking Dead: Summit,” said the show was supposed to start shooting in Atlanta in February before moving to Carlstadt, New Jersey, later in the spring.

But instead, AMC decided to start shooting in New Jersey and stay there for the entire season.

The six-episode spin-off was supposed to be a full-fledged movie but the pandemic shifted priorities. It’s set to come out on AMC and AMC+ in 2024.

UPDATE: The network gave this this somewhat amorphous tease at the Television Critics Association about the series: “Rick and Michonne, in a romantic saga of the dangerous road to each other, and the road they must find with each other, cornered by a new civilization and hordes of the dead.”

The prose then gets even more dramatic and flowery, as AMC dubs this spinoff as “an epic love story of two characters changed by a changed world. Kept apart by distance. By an unstoppable power. By the ghosts of who they were. Rick and Michonne are thrown into another world, built on a war against the dead… And ultimately, a war against the living. Can they find each other and who they were in a place and situation unlike any they’ve ever known before? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims? Victors? Without each other, are they even alive — or will they find that they, too, are the Walking Dead?”

AMC did not say where the new series would be fictionally located. The latter part of the original series was fictionally in Virginia after being set in Georgia at the outset.

“The Walking Dead” was shot mostly out of Senoia and the surrounding metro Atlanta area.

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne Hawthorne (Danai Gurira) became a couple during “The Walking Dead.” Rick, was a former cop who became the default leader of a group of survivors through more than eight seasons. After an explosion partway through season nine, he disappeared in a helicopter while his friends assumed he had died. The show then jumped six years.

Michonne arrived season three as an outsider, eventually assimilating into the group, becoming romantic with Rick and raising Rick’s son Carl and daughter Judith. After Rick was presumed dead, she continued to raise Judith and their son R.J. and became a de facto leader of Alexandria. During season 10, she found evidence that Rick was still alive and decided to find him. Both characters show up in the final moments of the series finale that aired in October, setting the viewers up for the spin-off.

Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) is also shooting his own spin-off “Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon” show in France set to air later this year. And Lauren Cohan (Maggie) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) have a spin-off set and shot in New York City called “The Walking Dead: Dead City” coming out in May with six episodes.