NEW YORK-OCT 9: (L-R) Actors Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs and Steven Yeun attend AMC's 'The Walking Dead' season six premiere at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com)
A new "Walking Dead" series is set to film in Virginia this summer.
Virginia Governor Ralph S. Northam's office announced in a press release on April 8th
that the third series in AMC's "The Walking Dead" franchise would film their first season in Virginia. The show will center around the popular AMC program "The Walking Dead," which is set to begin production on their 10th season in Atlanta, Georgia this summer.
Production of the ten episode series will start in Central Virginia this summer. The show will be the second AMC series to film in Virginia, following the Revolutionary War spy drama "TURN: Washington's Spies," which shot four seasons in Virginia from 2013 to 2017.
The show will center around two young female heroes and focus on the start of the zombie apocalypse.
“We are delighted to welcome AMC back to Virginia,” said Governor Northam
. “The series will provide high-paying jobs for our skilled workers and will invite the economic opportunity for Virginia businesses large and small. Uniquely, the series also brings with it a devoted global fan-base, creating immeasurable added value for the Commonwealth as the franchise’s powerful spotlight shines on Virginia.”
“The film production industry is a fast-growing sector of the Virginia economy with an annual total economic impact of almost $862 million in 2017,” said Brian Ball, Secretary of Commerce and Trade
. “During their time here, AMC’s turned a total economic impact of over $217 million in the Commonwealth, and this series marks the next chapter in a beneficial partnership between AMC and Virginia.”
“The Walking Dead
franchise has one of the largest audiences on television today,” said Andy Edmunds, director of the Virginia Film Office
. “This is no small feat considering the current content-rich climate, where viewers have thousands of options from which to choose. As home to the latest installment, Virginia will have access to this built-in, passionate audience and a tremendous film tourism opportunity. The Walking Dead
’s original filming location, rural Senoia, Georgia, saw explosive economic growth thanks to thousands of tourists per year visiting to get a glimpse of filming sites. With Virginia already a wonderful place to visit and vacation, we are in the ultimate position to capitalize on this lucrative added tourism draw.”
As a result of filming in Virginia, the third "Walking Dead" series will receive a Virginia film tax credit. The exact amount will be based on the total number of Virginia workers hired, goods and services purchased, and deliverables including Virginia tourism promotions.