AMC is working on to bring back ‘The Walking Dead,’ the zombie thriller franchise. AMC is planning to expand the zombie thriller franchise with new TV movies that could turn into shows. Bloomberg reports that multiple spin-off series and even feature-length films are the AMC’s aim, so as The Walking Dead.
Earlier this week, in an investor conference, Josh Sapan, AMC’s chief executive officer told that “the network had plans to continue The Walking Dead franchise over the next decade-plus.” However, he didn’t provide any specifics. He explained, “If we manage it properly, it has a long life which is not to say it will always look like a TV series.”
It seems the upcoming season of ‘The Walking Dead’ is expected to change everything after the departure of Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes.
While talking about the new territory of season nine, showrunner Angela Kang stated that Rick’s exit would be unlike other departures before it as “He’s the person who brought us into the show.” She added, “Obviously there’s a lot of expectations, and we really hope that we don’t let people down; we hope that people come along for the ride, but I do think it’s an incredibly emotional journey, and I think the performances and the work that people have done are pretty amazing.”
In January, former showrunner of the show Scott Gimple was announced as the chief content officer for The Walking Dead, and its prequel Fear the Walking Dead. He will likely be overseeing the development of different projects as part of the possible 10-year plan. However, AMC is unavailable for comment. The ninth season will air in October with a significant story change and new showrunner Angela King.
In July, actor Andrew Lincoln aka Rick Grimes confirmed his exit from zombie thriller series during the Comic-Con 2018 panel. He said, “This has always been an ensemble, and it will continue to be an ensemble. No one is bigger than the story, and the story this year is unbelievable.”
The franchise airs on AMC in the US and on FOX and NOW TV in the UK. The upcoming season premieres on October 7 in the US and October 8 in the UK. It will consist of 16 episodes, split into two parts; each consisting of eight episodes with the latter half will air in early 2019.