The Walking Dead will never die.
Bloomberg has a new report out looking at the future of The Walking Dead franchise as season 9 (and Rick’s death!) approaches. The article reveals that The Walking Dead team is developing several more TV shows… and movies.
Interestingly, the movies might go to a streaming network rather than airing on AMC TV, where The Walking Dead and its southwest spinoff Fear the Walking Dead currently air.
And the network’s plans are massive, with the spinoffs expected to cost big bucks. “AMC has talked to several large media companies about partnering on the projects, which collectively could cost several hundred million dollars,” according to Bloomberg.
One of the most interesting developments would be seeing the spinoffs go somewhere outside of AMC television. “The company wants to produce several movies for a TV network or streaming service that could spin off into different series,” according to people cited for the report. “The company would also take the franchise overseas, setting at least one series in another country.”
The shows and movies might be a way for AMC to finally put an end to the long-running apocalypse drama, which premiered in 2010 with a humble six episodes. Andrew Lincoln / Rick Grimes’ departure is a big deal, and it’ll be interesting to see if the steadily-declining ratings continue to fall after he leaves.
Personally, I wouldn’t mind watching a few movies based in the world of The Walking Dead. I can’t commit endless hours to watching these walker TV shows slog on, and I’m sure I’m not alone. A movie on Netflix or another streamer would allow us to dip in and out of the apocalypse world as we please. The real world feels like enough of an apocalypse — we don’t need The Walking Dead showing us a dire situation on a weekly basis.
The new season premieres next month and features a female showrunner.