“The Walking Dead” Showrunner Angela Kang to Lead Marvel’s “Silk: Spider Society” For Amazon & MGM+
Longtime Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang is leaving the land of zombies for the world of Marvel superheroes. Reports are in that Kang has moved her overall AMC deal to Amazon and will now oversee the upcoming Marvel’s Silk: Spider Society. This will be the first Marvel TV series that will be based on the Sony Pictures universe of superheroes (a whopping 900 characters). Those characters include Spider-Man, all of Spider-Man’s villains, Venom, Morbius, Black Cat and Silver Sable, and about 885 others. What’s more, the series will be executive produced by two people well versed in that world; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse writers/producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The series will air domestically on MGM+ (right now, the cable network is called Epix) and then globally on Amazon Prime Video. The news confirms that Amazon is working with Sony on a slew of new TV series based on their Marvel characters.
“Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Sony’s recent live-action and animated reimagining of the Spider-Man franchise has represented some of the most dynamic superhero storytelling in film,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, in a statement. “Together with Angela Kang’s creative vision, we couldn’t be more pleased to bring Silk: Spider Society to our MGM+ and Prime Video customers.”
Kang knows what it takes to run a massive series—she’s been with AMC’s juggernaut The Walking Dead since season two and has been the showrunner since season 9, steering the zombie epic through its 11th and final season. She also developed the upcoming spinoff series starring TWD star Norman Reedus’s character Daryl Dixon, which she is now exiting. As a Korean-American, she feels a special pride in bringing the character of Silk to audiences.
“I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the Amazon Studios family for this next chapter of my career,” Kang said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the executive team on diverse, character-forward, watercooler shows for a global audience and am so excited to dive into my first challenge — bringing Korean-American superhero Silk to life on screen.”
Silk is based on characters created by Humberto Ramos and Dan Slott. The series will follow the character of Cindy Moon, a Korean-American woman who is bitten by the same pesky, superpower-imbuing spider that bit Peter Parker and changed his life. Cindy escapes imprisonment and goes on a journey to find her missing family. In the process, she becomes the superhero called Slik.
“Angela is a pro’s pro whose perspective and creativity we greatly respect and admire,” Lord and Miller said in a joint statement Thursday. “She’s also a hell of a lot of fun. She loves these characters, and we feel really lucky for the chance to work with her to bring Cindy Moon’s story to the world.”
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Featured image: Angela Kang attends ‘The Walking Dead’ Photo Call during Comic-Con International 2018 at Andaz San Diego on July 20, 2018 in San Diego, California.