'The Walking Dead' Will Expand With 'Multiple' Movies And Shows

Esequiel Farfan
Setiembre 20, 2018

During an investor conference earlier this week (as shared on Twitter), AMC's chief executive officer Josh Sapan said the network had plans to continue The Walking Dead franchise "over the next decade-plus", though he didn't offer any specifics. It's no surprise that there are further TV spin-offs planned, but the prospect of a series of Walking Dead movies is quite interesting. According to the report, AMC wants to make a bunch of movies for either a network or streaming service that have the potential to become TV shows of their own, "setting at least one series in another country" since The Walking Dead is popular overseas.

In addition to its prequel and its talk show Talking Dead, The Walking Dead has also spawned mobile games, live events, and the annual Walker Stalker Con, which draws crowds of 65,000-70,000 in Atlanta, and 35,000 and 30,000 in cities like Chicago and London.

"With the original show entering its ninth season, AMC is looking for ways to expand the series into a franchise that lives on in many forms, like Star Wars and Star Trek, and not overextend a property that's already showing signs of fatigue", Bloomberg explains. They also want to take the show global, setting at least one potential spin-off series in another country.

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The Walking Dead will return to AMC on October 7, 2018.

Producer Scott Gimple is reportedly overseeing development on these new storylines, but it isn't clear when or if any of them will move forward. A new story at Bloomberg lays out AMC's ambitious, possibly insane, plan to continue The Walking Dead in some shape or form for the next 10 years, and possibly longer. All of this news comes on the heels of the fact that viewership for The Walking Dead is declining.

"Ownership of that content - call it "Walking Dead, ' 'Fear the Walking Dead" - allows us to determine the fate of that content, so we can navigate as we choose", Sapan said at the conference.

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