‘The Walking Dead’ sets plans for future TV shows and movies

September 20, 2018

‘The Walking Dead’ sets plans for future TV shows and movies

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Despite increased criticism and lower ratings, “The Walking Dead” franchise doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Bloomberg reports AMC and the team behind “The Walking Dead” (and “Fear the Walking Dead”) have approached large media companies about future TV projects for the franchise.

“The company, which owns the popular zombie-apocalypse series, plans to produce multiple movies and new TV shows based on the graphic novels that spawned the series, according to people familiar with the plans,” Bloomberg reports. “AMC has talked to several large media companies about partnering on the projects, which collectively could cost several hundred million dollars.”

Bloomberg also reports AMC has plans to produce movies based on writer Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” comic book.

“We have a plan that goes well into the future,” Joe Sapan, CEO of AMC Networks, said. “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...If we manage it properly it has a long life, which is not to say it will always look like a TV series.”

Season 9 of “The Walking Dead” premieres Oct. 7. Major stars Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan are set to leave the series at some point during the upcoming season.

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