The other day AMC CEO Josh Sapan suggested the network’s plans for the future of “The Walking Dead” franchise, telling investors at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference that the hope is for the brand to go on for at least another decade in some form or another.
Now Bloomberg reports that the company plans to produce multiple movies and new TV shows based on the graphic novels that spawned the series. They’re going big too with AMC having talked to several large media companies about partnering on projects which collectively could cost several hundred million dollars.
Scott Gimple, who served as showrunner for the past few years, is overseeing development of different narrative options. This includes setting at least one series in another country in order to appeal to the global market.
While the series has lost viewers over the last few years, it’s still one of the highest-performing shows on television with 11 million viewers an episode and remains AMC’s flagship series. The ninth season, the last to star lead Andrew Lincoln, premieres October 7th.