'Fear the Walking Dead' news, spoilers: Showrunner to exit after season 3

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The third season of the “Fear the Walking Dead” would not premiere until this summer, but it looks like the boss has already relayed his future plans.

A recent report from The Hollywood Reporter indicated that Dave Erickson has given up the showrunner’s chair in order to pursue more projects as part of his multiple-year deal with AMC network. However, he would remain as one of the executive producers of “The Walking Dead” spinoff.

“I have truly enjoyed working with the writers and directors, cast and crew on ‘Fear’ and am so proud of what we have accomplished over our first two seasons. I look forward to completing work on season three, sharing it with the fans and developing new projects with my partners at AMC,” Erickson said in a statement.

The “Fear the Walking Dead” is set as a prequel to the main series. Since its first season, Erickson has been working as the show’s co-creator alongside Robert Kirkman, who is also one of the showrunners of the highly-acclaimed “The Walking Dead” series.

On Friday, AMC has confirmed that Erickson’s exit from the show will allow him to work out new projects exclusively for AMC Studios, including other networks in the AMC Networks portfolio such as Sundance TV.

“We’re beyond grateful for Dave’s amazing work on the first three seasons,” Joel Stillerman, AMC and Sundance TV president of original programming, announced.

The network executive acknowledged that Erickson, as a showrunner, has been helping the series to fulfill its creative promise, which is to expand “The Walking Dead’s” post-apocalyptic universe in a way that was “totally unique” from the original series. Stillerman claimed that the prequel has ranked second in the drama series genre in ad-supported cable, with its original show as first.

“We are also incredibly excited that Dave has chosen to stay in the AMC family to pursue his next passion project. We look forward to many more successful collaborations,” said Stillerman.