The Jared Padalecki-fronted “Walker” on The CW, consistently a top television ratings performer for the network, is about to achieve “universe” status. Padalecki will executive produce a “Walker” origin story entitled “Walker: Independence,” along with story co-writers Seamus Fahey (“American Gods”) and Anna Fricke (“Valor,” “Dynasty”) via her Pursued By a Bear banner. Both are “Walker” production alums.
The “Walker” prequel, set in the late 1800s, follows an affluent Bostonian named Abby Walker, whose husband is murdered in front of her while on their trek out West. Consumed by a need for vengeance, Abby crosses paths with Hoyt Rawlins, described as a “lovable rogue in search of a purpose” in the logline. The pair soon find themselves in Independence, Texas, where they encounter a diverse and eclectic cohort of citizens hiding from their demons and chasing their dreams, all while becoming agents of change themselves in the small town. The drama hails from CBS Studios (as does its predecessor).
The “Walker” mothership series, led by Padalecki (“Supernatural”) and starring Lindsey Morgan, Molly Hagan, Keegan Allen, Violet Brinson, Kale Culley and Coby Bell, has been a huge hit for The CW since its premiere in January. The Western spans 23 episodes thus far, and features Jeff Pierre, Mitch Pileggi and Odette Annable. “Walker” is a reimagined reboot of “Walker, Texas Ranger,” one of Chuck Norris’ most well-known roles, which was itself based on the ’80s Western flick “Lone Wolf McQuade.”
Fahey will also write the teleplay for “Walker: Independence,” and will continue to executive produce the flagship series. Also executive producing the prequel are Laura Terry via Pursued by a Bear, and Rideback CEO Dan Lin and EVP Lindsey Liberatore. Earlier this year, Fricke and Terry received the greenlight to reboot “4400” for The CW.
Deadline first reported the news.