If you’re a horror fan – and if you’re not, what are you doing here? – chances are you either currently watch The Walking Dead, or used to watch it. While the AMC series continues to dominate the ratings, it’s also experienced a huge loss in viewership in recent years.
As everyone is no doubt aware of by now, The Walking Dead’s soon to debut ninth season will see the exits of both long-running fan-favorite Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan) and original series lead Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). Both will appear in only a handful of episodes.
Despite those losses, AMC recently made it known that they have plans to keep their resident cash cow franchise going strong for at least another decade to come. Now, an additional report from Bloomberg sheds light on what the network has in store.
According to Bloomberg’s sources, AMC intends to produce several movies set within the Walking Dead universe, with designs on these movies spinning off into their own TV shows. AMC is open to working with other TV channels or streaming services to air these programs.
Additionally, AMC plans to take the franchise global, setting at least one Walking Dead series outside the U.S. While AMC would prefer to control anything walker-related as much as possible, a potential partnership could help offset the cost of creating so much new content.
For now, The Walking Dead’s remaining fans can look forward to the premiere of season 9, set for Sunday, October 7th. Advance reviews are suggesting a return to form for the zombie apocalypse drama, which would certainly be refreshing this late in its run.